At first glance, it looks like a bunch of teeth. But if you take a closer look, you'll figure out what it is!
The ocean is deep and full of mysteries unknown to man. There is still so much of discovery that looms the Earth's oceans. So there's bound to be something weird that occasionally washes ashore from its strange, secretive depths, like an old piece of a shipwreck, or the remains of some weird deep sea creature.
But, something really, really weird washed up on the Cape Lookout National Seashore by the Shackleford Banks. The strange object was found by a visitor who let the folks at Cape Lookout take a few pictures of it and share it with their followers on Facebook. They asked their page fans to help identify the strange object, and the internet had a dearth of answers to offer.
"Weird things found on the beach," starts the post. "..okay everybody, we need some help identifying this object. A visitor found it on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks on the ocean side today and allowed us to take photographs. So far, we're stumped as to what it might be -- we *think* (but are unsure) it might be a plumed worm case, which was created using the white, bony structures as part of the case. We have no idea what the bony structures might be."
In good ol' internet fashion, people jumped to a conclusion with the most absurd answers, which ranged from a spine that made itself from D.C. to an alien probe. Another person plainly offered an explanation of the object is an ancient fishing lure. Talk about far-fetched, huh?
But it turns out that Facebook is full of marine biology enthusiasts who gave the clueless folks at the Cape Lookout National Seashore a quick lesson in identifying a fish skeleton. The post was later updated and it turns out that the 'alien probe' was just a striped burrfish.
There's a lesson here somewhere, but in the eternally wonderful words of Jacques Yves Cousteau: "The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish."