Monolith at Torrance Beach

The mysterious 'monolith' appeared at about noon at Torrance Beach on Thursday, Dec. 10. It was quickly removed by Department of Beaches and Harbors. (Photo courtesy Dan Mullin)

A silver, 8-foot-high monolith mysteriously — and briefly — appeared near Torrance Beach this week, an apparent contribution to the monument meme circulating worldwide ever since wildlife biologists spotted one last month in a remote area of Utah while conducting a survey of bighorn sheep by helicopter.

“Apparently it appeared at Torrance Beach about noon (Thursday, Dec. 10) and we removed it almost as soon as we noticed it,” said Nicole Mooradian, a spokeswoman with the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, noting it fit neatly into the bed of a pickup truck.

“If anyone would like to claim it, they can just give us a call,” she added.

Mooradian later clarified that what turned out to be a couple of two by fours painted silver was actually planted in the sand at RAT, — which stands for Right After Torrance — Beach.

Redondo Beach real estate agent Dan Mullin emailed the photos to the Daily Breeze.

“It (has) all the signs of being dropped in place by aliens,” he speculated tongue in cheek via email. “Fun in COVID times.”

If Mullin is right, the aliens have been busy since a similar monolith first showed up in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science-fiction classic “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Monoliths have also shown up in recent weeks everywhere from Romania to an Atascadero hill, as well as Santa Clarita and Joshua Tree.

Mullin estimated the monolith lasted all of 90 minutes on the beach before it was removed, which is perhaps why it generated few mentions on social media

As to its origin, that remains — and rightfully so — an unsolved mystery of potentially galactic proportions. Or not.

“I can not confirm it’s from an alien civilization,” said a giggling Mooradian.

Contact Lisa Jacobs or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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