That’s one big buoy: Giant red beacon draws crowds to New Smyrna Beach

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The latest attraction to a Central Florida beach isn’t a new thrill ride but a 13,000-pound red buoy that washed ashore a few days after Christmas, drawing hundreds of spectators hoping to snap a selfie before it’s gone.

The giant “Red No. 8″ navigational marker washed up on New Smyrna Beach sometime Friday and towers above the shoreline.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard in Jacksonville said the buoy originated from somewhere between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Brunswick, Georgia and was displaced in 2017, likely due to weather.

Red navigational markers are usually paired with similar green buoys and are used to identify navigation channels, according to the USCG.

“That’s the opposite direction of the tides of the ocean pull so I think that it’s amazing that it’s here,” Emile Carriere, of Texas, said.