Sea Serpent Invades Island

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 18th, 2012

‘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.

The tracks consisted of a long line of pairs of circles, each circle 20 centimetres in diameter. Local experts estimated that the serpent that made the tracks must be at least 15 metres long.

Pannee Atwaree, a teacher at the school, said that the islanders’ fear was ratcheted up by theories that the appearance of the tracks might be an omen of the great disaster some have been predicting for next Friday (December 21) when the Mayan calendar – and possibiy the world – comes to an end.

Mrs Panee alerted Damrong Sinto, President of the Koh Panyee Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor), who went to inspect the tracks, which 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.

Read the entire article and see the other photos here: ‘Giant serpent’ invades island near Phuket

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

32 Responses to “Sea Serpent Invades Island”

  1. sasquatch responds:

    It doesn’t look right.
    Wouldn’t a serpent that was moving along the ground blur out the circles? It looks more like something was laid down and lifted straight up to make those marks.

  2. Steve Schaper via Facebook responds:

    Tire tracks.

  3. Dylan Thomas via Facebook responds:

    mongolian death worm takes a holiday.

  4. planettom responds:

    I saw this post just after I watched the movie trailer for Pacific Rim. Interesting! 🙂

  5. Richard H. Fay via Facebook responds:


  6. Tom Burke via Facebook responds:

    and I just watched the movie trailer for Pacific Rim. Hmm… 🙂

  7. Ken McElreath via Facebook responds:

    I agree with Steve…it tire tracks. They are to evenly placed, and if it was a creature the tracks would have been more erratic.

  8. DT responds:

    What kind of bizarreness is this? It looks more like some type of machine made tracks than actual animal tracks. The only thing I can think of that could account for something like this is a gigantic centipede. But goodness, a centipede that large and I would’t want to come into contact with it!

    Maybe small tree stumps strapped into a persons foot might account for this, Balance would be an issue, so small steps, like those shown, would probably be the norm. But to maintain absolute symmetry and no deviation from the path that was made seems next to impossible.

    But then again, who knows????

  9. Ragnar responds:

    Serpent? Really? Looks like tire tracks.

  10. bigfoots responds:

    lol… really?

  11. Goodfoot responds:

    WHOA! That is SO clearly a sea serpent track… You can look it up! No, wait. You CAN’T.

  12. thatericn responds:

    Somehow, that “sea serpent” seems quite intent on following the grain/pattern of the paving stones in that courtyard/square…

    Looks like someone came along and brushed the track, while basically following the geometry of the pavers.

  13. William responds:

    Where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him? At any rate, I agree with most of the comments here but cannot simply write off as “tire” tracks. For one thing, the tracks would seem to have to be from a scooter or motor cycle to be that close together. Another thing is they supposedly come out of the woods into the ocean per the article. However, how can they know they didn’t originate from the ocean and go into the woods? Either way, extremely strange and we need a modern day Holmes to figure this one out.

  14. dconstrukt responds:

    LOL…. of course…. when its not a simple explanation, its a mysterious creature not yet known to man who did this?

    this is a perfect example of people twisting reality into nonsense.

  15. cryptokellie responds:

    Go to the article and see the other images…look closely, the courtyard is bare wet ground…covered in human foot/shoe prints, there are no pavers. The circular trackway is raised and compressed where a where depressions in the wheel did not disturb the semi-hard mud. The tracks of a home-made wheel barrow or other contrivance used to haul something to the sea where the trackway ends. An other image in the artcle shows some of a third set of circular compressions.
    And..why are villagers in Maylasia worried about the Mayan doomsday prophesies? I think the reporter is stretching things a bit.

  16. William responds:


    IMO the strangest aspect of this is the end of these tracks at the sea. If this was a homemade wheelbarrow did the wheeler push it all the way into the sea and then let the tide take it away? That would be the only explanation under your theory as there would have to be tracks of from the wheelbarrow on the return trip wouldn’t there? Unless someone in a boat met the wheelbarrow and loaded it up on the vessel perhaps?

  17. cryptokellie responds:

    Well, we’re talking about a village on a small island off the coast of Maylasia. Who knows what manner of conveyances they have there, homemade or otherwise.

    As for the end of the track just stopping…this is the Pacific Ocean, the load was delivered or off loaded at low tide and the ensuing high tide wiped out the real end tracks. Could have erased as much as thirty feet or more from the low tide water/beach line.

    To be honest, I have no idea what this track is. Could be a large wooden wheel with circular depressions being rolled around by two people, one on either side. Their footprints would blend with all the other ones in the area or quickly be diguised by people walking up to the edges to look. One thing is sure, this is not the trackway of a large living animal. This is a repeating design from some type of contrivance.

  18. MR JOSHUA responds:

    @dconstrukt – Just a reminder this site is for cryptozoolgy enthusiasts. You seem to be trolling and bashing these articles at will. Plenty of blog space over at Skeptical Inquirer. They are just as close minded.

    If you read the entire article this island was already menaced by a rather large python, which was non-indigenous. Now while I agree this is not a “sea serpent” they have had trouble with snakes coming onto the island and attacking animals.

  19. CDC responds:

    Well, since this is a “Cryptozoological Site” and not a skeptic site or Goodyear Radial site, I looked at any possible cryptid that could leave such tracks.

    Since the “tracks” began in the jungle and went into the ocean that is mysterious.

    If it were a wheelbarrow the person using it would have left footprints in the tracks

    If it were a hoax, then good for them, they made it to the internet

    But, if the tracks are from an animal, then they must have been made by a cryptid, as I couldn’t find any similar tracks from any known animals.

    The “Con Rit” – Great ocean centipede is the only thing I found that is said to live in the Pacific and capable of making unknown tracks similar to those in the picture…”Centipedes and millipedes leave two distinctive lines of many dots that are close together”.

    The Con Rit has been seen in Vietnamese waters and elsewhere in the Pacific and is said to be upwards of 60 to 150 feet long.

    Better story than hoaxers or some guys dumping their home made wheelbarrow in the ocean when the figured out it wouldn’t work in the jungle.

  20. William responds:

    @cryptokellie: your theory makes much more sense than a giant serpent. That much I definitely agree with.

  21. cryptokellie responds:

    Please excuse me, I meant the Indian Ocean.

  22. fooks responds:

    phuket is in thailand.

    and i think it would be the Andaman Sea.

    i’m not sure what to think about this one.

  23. cryptokellie responds:

    The smaller seven “seas” are inside of the five great oceans. Anyway, not to be too skeptical but there are no signs of forward moving ground smearing that would be evident if the trackway were left by the passage of a giant snake. Snakes make smooth trackways. I strongly feel that this trackway is a repeated design left by some sort of contrivance being moved – most likly rolled – from point A to point B.

    With all the other footprints surrounding the trackway, the footprints of whomever was moving this would be covered over.

  24. dconstrukt responds:


    you know… there’s always “THAT” guy…

    you my friend, are that guy.

    last time i checked this space is for comments and they dont say mr joshua approved comments.

    Am I attacking anyone with my comments? No.

    I mean really? go attempt to insult someone else with the “closed minded” comments.

    yet you feel the need to attack me because I dont agree with MOST of the “evidence” thats put out.

    classy pal.

    real classy.

  25. Desertdweller responds:

    This is the kind of track a knobby-tired vehicle would make. But why only one track?

    You can clearly see how the earth is disturbed between and around the knobby impressions. This would lead me to believe the track was made by something that had a lot of weight.

    Maybe someone was rolling a heavy wheel with a knobby-treaded tire on it.

    I’ve never seen centipede tracks. But I’ve seen a lot of snake tracks. They don’t look anything like this. Snakes move by an undulating movement of a series of plates on their bellies. It is not picking-up and putting down action that would be needed to leave a series of perfectly round impressions. As has been pointed out, a snake would leave a path that would look like something had been dragged.

    In addition, snakes do not leave straight tracks. They move by positioning their bodies in a series of S-curves, then gain forward movement by straightening their bodies while their muscles push them ahead. The mechanics of snake movement would not allow a straight path.

    If I were investigating this, I would check the forest where the track originated (or terminated). There may be some kind of excavation that would call for a wheel barrow with a high-flotation (low soil compaction) tire. Such a tire would be required for moving a load over soft ground or beach sand.

    My pet theory would be a very large unicycle with a knobby tire.

  26. MR JOSHUA responds:


    I am the guy who calls out the guy like you. Take a good look at what you posted. Your basically accusing people of being nonsensical for having an open mind about what lurks in our oceans. You sent the first “volley” of insults. I am not saying “anything” needs to be approved by me. But if you come on here bashing people for having open minds and dismissing evidence of every cryptid I am going to stand up to you and call you out. See you around the post boards and…..Stay Classy San Diego.

    “LOL…. of course…. when its not a simple explanation, its a mysterious creature not yet known to man who did this?

    this is a perfect example of people twisting reality into nonsense”

  27. denverkev responds:

    Looks to me like someone made this track by walking forward, pulling a wheelbarrow/cart behind them. Notice how the track weaves around obstacles. The puller would leave footprints first which would be obscured by the following wheel.

  28. cryptokellie responds:

    To denverkev;
    …Exactly, or at least very likley..but I’m not against folks having some good ol’ cryptofun with what may be a short term mystery.
    btw…it’s Friday afternoon here…4 0’clock and all’s well…

  29. Desertdweller responds:

    After thinking about this some more, another idea occurred to me.

    Any knobby tire, except perhaps for a brand-new one, will have some irregularities on the faces of their tread knobs.

    If the “circles” are closely examined for irregularities (surface features unique to each knob face) they will be repeated as artifacts of that particular knob. When two identical impressions are found in the track, measure the distance between the two impressions. Divide this distance by pi, and you will find the diameter of the tire that left this track.

    Knowing the diameter of the tire that left this track would be a good clue as to what left it.

    Why would a one-wheeled vehicle be used to transfer something between the woods and the sea? What is in one location that would need to be transported to the other? I think it is most likely that something was being transported from the woods to a boat. Wood? Fruit? Minerals?

    Whatever, it was probably something fairly heavy, requiring the use of a high-flotation tire to prevent the vehicle from bogging down in the beach sand.

    I think this story had absolutely nothing to do with a cryptid creature, but it is still an interesting mystery.

  30. William responds:


    The theory that it was a wheelbarrow with someone walking backwards while wheeling something out makes sense, but only if the boat took the wheelbarrow and the cargo. Otherwise, where are the return tracks of it?

  31. Desertdweller responds:


    Regardless of which way it went, it looks like it was a one-way trip.

    If it was to the sea, the vehicle was either taken aboard the vessel, or (unlikely) abandoned in the water for the tide to take.

    If it was to the woods, it’s probably still there somewhere.

    It’s an island. There are only so many places it could be.

    If I were there, I would check the woods very carefully. Even if it were not left there, there is likely some clues as to what it was being used to transport.

    Did anyone bother to see if there were other tracks leading into/out of the woods someplace else?

    Wheelbarrows are usually pushed, not pulled. But who knows what the custom is there? If the load was very heavy, it might be easier to have two people pull the handles of a wheelbarrrow than push it. If it had been pushed, there would be human footprints in the tire track.

    I think it most likely that something heavy was pulled in a wheelbarrow from the woods to the sea. The load would be pulled into the water as far as possible (in order to get into water deep enough for a boat, maybe a lighter to transport it to a mother ship. A jib crane on the boat could pick up the wheelbarrow and deposit it on deck.

    Maybe pirate treasure was buried in the woods?

  32. William responds:

    @Desertdweller: Maybe it was gold bars or bricks? It would also have had to be a massive wheelbarrow or single wheeled transport vehicle as the wideness of the tread would seem to indicate an industrial size tire for some type of small construction vehicle.

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