New mystery object washes up on Southland beach 'won't budge'

The object has Environment Southland stumped.
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The object has Environment Southland stumped.

Another day, another mysterious gift from the darkest depths.

Environment Southland are attempting to identify a 100-metrelong object that washed up with an incoming tide on Te Waewae beach this week.

"TWe are very keen on some help figure out what it is,"  deputy harbourmaster Ian Coard said in a statement.

The object is made of a plastic-like substance.
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The object is made of a plastic-like substance.

Do you know what the object is? Email newstips@stuff.co.nz

The object is clearly man-made - long, black, made of some kind of plastic and with metal loops on either end.

READ MORE: Barnacles on mystery beach object

A metal hook is affixed to each end.
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A metal hook is affixed to each end.

Environment Southland is keen to identify the object and its owner so it can be brought above the tide line to keep it from being a navigational hazard.

For now it is staying put.

"We've been to check it out today and attempted to move it with a couple of people, but it didn't want to budge," Coard said.

Melissa Doubleday found this barnacle-covered object on a stroll down Muriwai beach.
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Melissa Doubleday found this barnacle-covered object on a stroll down Muriwai beach.

Debbie Stone of the Marine Farming Association said the object did not look much like a mussel-farm boom, as some had suggested.

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"Our out lines are more like ropes."

However many other experts and hobbyists wrote in to confirm that it is a standard pipe, probably made of high density polyethylene - with the blue lines indicating it carried water.

Most suggested it was an airtight boom of some sort. 

"It's like someone welded up a new water pipeline, was ready to pull it back through the hole they'd drilled for it and it ended up in the ocean? It must have been used for a boom for some bloody thing, if it was ever installed as a pipeline, the tapered cap would have been cut off," wrote in reader Chris.

The hook at the end was likely used for towing the pipe while at sea.

"That pipe isn't from anywhere on land in Southland, that's for sure!"

Most agreed that it definitely wasn't used as on-land piping. Some suggested it could be part of a floating oil-containment boom.

 

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