Mystery object floating in Port Otago revealed

The box after it landed in the water at Port Otago. Photo:  Southern District Police
The box after it landed in the water at Port Otago. Photo: Southern District Police
A call to an "unidentified floating object'' in Port Otago yesterday turned out to be a Niwa weather balloon.

Police were called after someone spotted the white insulation taped brown cardboard box, which was floating (label down) and had wires and cable coming out of it, police posted on Facebook.

It also had a large electronic box on the side.

Once retrieved, it transpired it was a Niwa atmospheric device.

These devices provide scientific measurements for Niwa and are regularly launched from a Central Otago launch site.

They can travel up to 30km into the atmosphere, before the life balloon pops and it returns to planet earth on a parachute.

These devices provide scientific measurements for Niwa and are regularly launched from a Central Otago launch site. Photo: Southern District Police
These devices provide scientific measurements for Niwa and are regularly launched from a Central Otago launch site. Photo: Southern District Police

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