Weighing in at nearly two tons, a massive anchor discovered last week by city workers in Progreso remains surrounded by mystery.
As soon as the photos of the gigantic anchor started to circulate on social media, it seems just about everyone had a theory.
Some of the most outlandish of these theories circulating on social media include stories of the anchor’s origin on a Viking or pirate ship.
Locals also speculated that the anchor may have belonged to either a British Colonial or Dutch ship.
As it turns out, INAH researchers believe that well over a century ago, the ship’s anchor was lost at sea 1.5 miles off the coast by a large merchant ship of unknown origin.
It is thought that the anchor simply sat at the bottom of the ocean until storms pushed it toward land.
As the heavy machinery needed to move the extremely heavy object was not existent, the decision was likely taken to simply pave over it.