October 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage but with that, an incredible discovery. A passerby on a bicycle discovered the dugout canoe off of the Florida coast and it is believed to be hundreds of years old. After being discovered, it was turned over to the state whose archeologists are testing the canoe and researching its background.

Cocoa canoe washed up by Hurricane Irma may date to 1600s



There's a 50-50 chance that the wood used to make the canoe that washed ashore in Cocoa during Hurricane Irma dates between 1640 and 1680 — generations before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The dugout canoe was discovered Sept. 11 along the Indian River Lagoon shoreline by Cocoa photographer Randy "Shots" Lathrop. He was checking out hurricane damages on his bicycle in the Indian River Drive neighborhood.

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