‘Giant serpent’ tracks reported on a Thai island

But certainly not made by a serpent.

‘Giant serpent’ invades island near Phuket.

PHUKET: Mysterious giant tracks appeared overnight on Friday (December 14) on Koh Mai Pai (Bamboo Island, just north of Phi Phi), emerging from the forest, going through the local school and then into the sea, leaving students, parents and teachers worrying that they were made by some enormous serpent.

Trackway on Phuket beach

Trackway on Phuket beach

The tracks “emerged from the forested hill in front of the school, then wound through the school entrance, across the playing field, through the open ground floor of the school and out into the back, before disappearing into the waters of Phang Nga Bay.”

The article notes that the tracks could signal a catastrophe for Friday, December 21. They also noted that if a serpent made the tracks, it would be 15 meters long. Pythons inhabit these parts.

But this is not a serpent track and it’s unfounded to think so. Snake tracks do not look at all like this (snakes are smooth, move in undulating side to side motions and have no parts that would leave circular patterns like this).

I’m struck that the natives would think it’s some serpent when they obviously know something about them and this interpretation makes no sense. But, I’m being logical, this story has a flavor of superstition. I don’t have an idea what made this trackway but a giant mystery creature is not high on the probability list.

UPDATE: Dr. Darren Naish on the Monster Talk FB page suggested turtles. So, I took a look and this looks plausible, but not quite right. The above are more regular.

Coastalcare.org

c.10000birds.com Flatback Turtle tracks

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  2 comments for “‘Giant serpent’ tracks reported on a Thai island

  1. December 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    It’s turtles all the way down!

  2. D. Walker
    December 21, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Turtles sounds good, but it could just be a hoax to draw attention to the funny sounding name of their beach.

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