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Mysterious dead thing with ‘boney structures’ found on Outer Banks. Experts stumped

A “weird” dead thing washed ashore up along North Carolina’s Outer Banks on June 1, and the National Park Service is asking for help identifying it.

The spiny object appears worm-like, but with a tight crust of ivory-colored thorns.

It washed up on the Shackleford Banks at Cape Lookout National Seashore and was found by a passerby, the National Park Service said in a Facebook post.

“Weird things are found on the beach,” the park service said. “We need some help identifying this object. … So far, we’re stumped as to what it might be.”