Alien on the beach

Alien on the beach

From amateur photos appearing in the news in recent days, you might believe that Thailand has a thriving community of aliens from outer space. The latest shows a tiny alien on a Krabi beach.

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Alien on the beach

From amateur photos appearing in the news in recent days, you might believe that Thailand has a thriving community of aliens – not foreigners, but beings from outer space.

First, about a week ago, a space vehicle mysteriously appeared in a photo of a student taking pictures of a school activity.

Now, a new photo, this one taken by a policeman, has emerged showing an image of an extraterrestrial life form in a picture of his son on a beach in Krabi province during the New Year holiday.

Pol Sen Sgt Maj Preecha Inwichian, of the Provincial Police Region, said on Wednesday that he was taking a snapshot with his smart phone of his son playing in the sand. When he looked at the image closely, he saw a small 'alien' standing in front of his son.

"The alien is about a foot tall, naked and has unusual body parts. The photo was not edited and if any organisation wants to use the image for research they can contact the police station," said Pol Sen Sgt Maj Preecha.

Few researchers are likely to be interested, however. Once the photo was widely distributed on the internet, some alert viewers quickly noticed that the extraterrestial figure is identical to that in an advertisement for a smart phone application called Camera 360.

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alien – a creature from another world; a foreigner คนต่างด้าว
amateur – of sports or activities in which people take part for enjoyment, not as a job สมัครเล่น
thriving – very successful ประสบความสำเร็จอย่างสูง
community – a group of people who share the same  job, interests, religion, etc สังคม
being – a living creature สิ่งมีชีวิต
outer space – the area outside the earth's atmosphere where all the other planets and stars are  บริเวณนอกโลกซึ่งมีดาวดวงอื่นอยู่
mysterious – not explained or understood; full of secrets ลึกลับ, น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
appear – to be seen ปรากฏ
emerge – to appear or to become recognised  โผล่ออกมา
image – a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing รูปภาพ
extraterrestrial – connected with life existing outside the planet Earth มาจากนอกโลก
life form – a living thing such as a plant or an animal สิ่งมีชีวิต
snapshot – a photograph, especially one taken quickly ภาพถ่ายเร็ว
naked – not wearing any clothes เปลือยกาย
edit – to prepare a text, tape, photo or film for use by correcting mistakes and deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, etc ตัดตอ
research – a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it การวิจัย
distribute – to give out information to many different places  แจกจ่าย
alert – able to think quickly; quick to notice things  ตื่นตัว, ตั้งท่า,  เตรียมพร้อม
identical – exactly the same, or very similar เหมือนกัน, แบบเดียวกัน
application (app) – a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

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