By Josh Saunders For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:19 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 15:19 BST, 5 June 2019
A mysterious spiny worm-like object with bone-colored thorns that washed up in North Carolina has left National Park Service officials baffled.
The currently unidentified object was found by a visitor after washing up on the shore of Shackleford Banks in Hakers Island, North Carolina.
And the white triangular-shaped spines reaching from a brown and salty-looking center has left Cape Lookout National Seashore, part of the NPS, 'stumped' by the find.
The spiny bone-like object has baffled officials at the Cape Lookout National Seashore after it was discovered washed up at Shackleford Banks
The spiny object (left) is a mystery to the National Park Service at Cape Lookout (right) who have asked the public for help in identifying the find
BG Horvat, a spokesperson for the Parks Department, told DailyMail.com: 'We don't know what it is exactly and that's what the post is about, people have been having fun.
'To the best of our abilities, it's a tube worm that must have used the spines from a striped burrfish for camouflage.
'The worm is known for camouflaging with whatever is around, there must have been a bunch of spines from the burrfish.
'The hard part about working off the photo is that we haven't seen this thing in person and my ranger is trying to figure out the actual size of it.