A new "Case Resolution" from AARO.
This seems like a reasonable resolution, even if it took them far too long to figure out. But can it be confirmed? The shapes look similar, but not identical. Can we find more footage that supports the Fishing Net Hypothesis?
(U) AARO assesses that the subjects of the"Southeast Asia Triangles" case from 2017 almost certainly are cone-shaped static fishing nets floating on the surface of the ocean. This conclusion is based on a thorough review of the evidence by AARO's Intelligence and Science andTechnology (S&T)Partners.
(U) The image was originally flagged as containing potentially anomalous objects and posing a risk to navigation. Additional imagery of the area from 2017 was discovered and collected.
(U) Both the Intelligence and S&T teams compared the size, shape, and location of the initial image to existing and subsequent images in the same region, and compared it to libraries of known morphologies.
(U) Intelligence Assessment
(U) AARO's Intelligence partners examined the
image and compared it other imagery.
Specifically, they located a clearer image in the vicinity of the objects in question.
(U) The images from 2017 display several triangles and were confirmed to be static, cone-shaped fishing nets.
(U) These triangular fishing nets were compared to the black triangles from the 2017 imagery and it was confirmed that are all are approximately the same size of about 11m x 7m.
(U) Science & Technology Assessment
(U) Three of AARO's S&T partners agree that the objects imaged in 2017 are fishing nets.
(U) S&T Partner One specifically noted that subsequent images were especially clear; the location and the size comparison were critical in determining the assessment.
(U) S&T Partner Two acquired and analyzed other images of the same geographical area which revealed multiple similar triangular shapes taken in late 2022 and early 2023. These images also show significant downstream turbidity, confirming that these nets are on the water.
(U) S&T Partner Three also found stock footage of fishing nets on the same river, which confirms the underlying analysis.
Footage I've seen of fishing nets from above does not seem to have that much contrast (as nets are relatively insubstantial).
So what are these nets?