Deputy Chief Ranger Mike Henry of the Outer Banks National Parks Service told ABC11 he believes it is part of an aircraft.
"It looks like aircraft grade metal." Henry said. But he has not ruled out the possibility of it being a casing to a rocket that may have been launched recently. Henry says the object has been sent to Langley Air Force Base for identification.
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Local photographer Erin Everlee took numerous pictures of the object and posted them on Facebook. "I don't think it was in the water for a long time, it was in good condition." she said.