The Intracoastal Waterway
is clear and officials have begun an inquiry they hope will explain how a huge piece of debris ended up in the channel.
So far, no one has been able to identify the massive, whale-shaped bundle of wood pulled from the waterway. It is suspected of damaging the cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket recently, forcing its captain to ground the vessel to prevent it from sinking.
The debris measures 40 feet in length and is 7 to 8 feet tall, and is about 13 feet wide.
It appears to be fashioned mostly of solid timber and has the remnants of metal plates and spikes in it.
Worms have left artistic channels on its surfaces, and other marine life appears to have made it a home.
Boaters stared as they sailed past the hunk resting on a barge at Crofton's Portsmouth facility near the Midtown Tunnel along Scott's Creek. [Source: http://home.hamptonroads.com]