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Unidentified metal sphere underwater near Phuket is not a bomb



FILE PHOTO: Phuket's unidentified underwater object. (via Bangkok Post)

While the strange object 6 metres underwater off the Phuket island of Koh Aeo is as yet unidentified, officials have determined that it is definitely not a bomb. Much to local relief of the local fishermen who spotted the object and reported it Friday, Thai navy officials determined the object was harmless.

The spherical metal object was found underwater about 20 metres from Koh Aeo, a tiny forested island off the southern tip of the main island, between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. The Vice-Admiral of the Third Naval Area was called out with a crew to investigate. The Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre had originally received the report of the object by local fishermen in their local Phuket office.

The object was described as about 45 centimetres in diameter and hollow, made out of aluminium or a similar metal. The bomb squad was summoned to investigate the mysterious object while it sat underwater on the seafloor off Phuket, about 6 metres deep. The explosive ordinance disposal unit of the Third Naval Area was able to determine that the device was not dangerous.

Ko Aeo is a very small island near Koh Lone south of the main Phuket Island. With it’s rocky shores and forested land lacking any beach area, it is seldom visited and not considered a useful destination for tourists or sightseers. At one point the island was considered for the possibility of conversion into a monkey sanctuary, but the idea did not come to fruition.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. kentwants2run

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Fuel tank for space craft.

  2. Nic

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    It’s another variant. Double mask from tomorrow!

  3. Dreqo

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Appears to be symbolic of the tourism industry.

  4. ynwaps

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Aliens or pirates of the Caribbean

  5. Das

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I’m not so sure…

    Try hitting it with a hammer.

  6. Mr J

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:07 am

    45cm in diameter?…… It’s hardly noticeable. They way the picture is portraying it, it looks about 6ft. It’s probably a prop for something stupid, fallen overboard from a party boat. Slowly filled with water and sank.

  7. James Pate

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:44 am

    So did they take it out of the ocean or leave it there?

  8. Frank

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:26 am

    DAS hitting it with a hammer underwater.. has no effect.. alien crashed lol.. hope there is a follow up on this.. always better then covud 19 articles

  9. Ray

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    They should salvage it asap. Thailand could use some balls of steel under the circumstances.

  10. Simon Small

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    “So did they take it out of the ocean or leave it there?”

    My thoughts too, @James Pate.

    Why check it out enough to know it’s not dangerous but not enough to remove it?

  11. Toby Andrews

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    @Ray – lol

  12. Alavan

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:24 pm


  13. Don Soutar

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    There are a few smart commenters here. I believe that the metal sphere is also a fuel tank (Oxygen fuel tank?) for a rocket.

    Don Soutar
    Chief Engineer, Safran Aerospace (Thailand)

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