A homemade raft was dumped along the Gulf Coast.

Mission-Aransas Nature Reserve.

A homemade raft was recently dumped on a Texas beach, and a rusty metal rectangle raises questions.

Researchers in Mission-Aransas Nature Reserve stumbled upon a raft while combing a stretch of the Gulf Coast between the Padre Islands and the Matagord Islands, and shared photos on social media on June 3rd.

It’s a mystery where it came from and who made it, said McClatchy News Jace Tunnel, director of the Mission-Aransas Nature Reserve Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Texas. The one who collected the thing and took it out to sea was nowhere to be found.

“I hope people survived,” one person commented on the post.

It is possible raft was built by migrants trying get to Americaas in such cases similar self-made rafts were used, but there is no certainty.

Occasionally, Mission-Aransas staff find abandoned ships ashore made with their own hands, but never so complicated, Tunnel said.

“Whoever was on this thing probably had one wild trip,” Tunnel said.

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The makeshift raft has a broken tree branch for the mast. Mission-Aransas Nature Reserve.

It is made of modest materials, old metal drums apparently held together by pieces of rebar. The mast is a broken branch of a tree. On the starboard side – the starboard side – clothing tied to the front is probably used to catch the wind and functions as an improvised sail.

“Who knows where it came from and how long it took,” the commentator wrote

Tunnell can’t answer those questions, at least in this case. He has “no idea” where the raft came from.

The Texas Coastal Bend Experts say it gets 10 times more rubbish and rubbish than any other beach on the Gulf Coast, due to the meandering current that reaches from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula.

These lost things may be speculative, but they give little answer.

Mitchell Willets is a real-time news reporter covering the central United States for McClach. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.

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