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Over five tons of loose metal crushes errant conspiracy theories

The cause for at least one of the many failures that occurred recently in the undersea fiber optic cables providing Internet connectivity to the Middle East has finally been determined. The "FALCON" cable failure is being blamed on an abandoned ship's anchor.

According to the owners of the cable, FLAG Telecom, one end of the cut FALCON cable was recovered in the Persian Gulf approximately 35 miles north of Dubai. While the repair ship was searching the area, the 5-6 ton ship's anchor was also discovered and hauled to the surface. An additional repair ship is working on the cuts in the Europe-Asia cable -- repairs are expected to be completed by Sunday, despite rough weather conditions in the area.

FLAG Telecom is also planning to run an additional cable, called the "Mediterranean Cable," through a different route, which will be "fully resilient" to cuts.

While a ship's anchor may be a less exciting cause for the damaged cables than some of the more entertaining and paranoid alternatives proposed online -- the cut cables are shaping up to be no more than an unfortunate coincidence.

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Come again?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 2/8/2008 12:50:16 PM , Rating: 4
What, did the anchor, get up, walk over, and plonk itself down on top of the cable?

I don't believe this for a second. I'm not blaming anyone because I honestly have no idea how all these cables were cut, but I seriously doubt it was cut by an abandoned anchor.

RE: Come again?
By amanojaku on 2/8/2008 1:02:11 PM , Rating: 3
It's possible that an anchor DID cut the cables, but there's something being left out here. For one thing, the previous articles imply that the cuts occurred over several days. Not to mention the fact that they seem to have occurred over a somewhat wide area. Ocean currents are strong, but are they strong enough to move a 5 ton anchor so far and so quickly with so much force? We need more info...

RE: Come again?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/2008 4:55:04 PM , Rating: 4
Your right the Government recently changed its statement of it being an boat anchor. That was incorrect. What cut the undersea cable was a weather balloon. Picture to follow soon for all the news papers.

RE: Come again?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/2008 4:57:19 PM , Rating: 4
Sorry correct that statement the boat anchor was tied to a weather balloon that was launch from the grassy knoll. There were no other boat anchors just the one.

RE: Come again?
By Ajax9000 on 2/10/2008 7:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
"Single Boat Anchor Theory" to follow soon.

RE: Come again?
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 9:33:57 AM , Rating: 2
You mean a multi million dollar commission/report proving the single anchor theory and only the one anchor could have done it.

RE: Come again?
By Souka on 2/8/2008 1:04:30 PM , Rating: 4
Only one cable cut with the anchor...not all.

but... as everyone is asking... how did an abandond anchor cut a cable? I can't imagine sea currents being strong enough to move an anchor or the cable...

Maybe the achor was "abandonded" after it snagged the cable...the ship cut n' run....

Anyone read if they can determine what ship the anchor came from? or HOW LONG it had been down there?

RE: Come again?
By JonnyDough on 2/9/2008 12:52:16 PM , Rating: 3
In certain parts of the world (as previously read about here or maybe it was Popular Science Mag), large ships are abandoned or run aground rather than sold for scrap. Toxic chemicals often find their way into the oceans because of it, and sometimes these ships end up causing a lot of problems for other ships, reefs, etc. There was a big story on it, I thought it was on DT. Anyone have a link? Perhaps someone from DT?

RE: Come again?
By MeTaedet on 2/8/2008 1:07:54 PM , Rating: 5
What, did the anchor, get up, walk over, and plonk itself down on top of the cable?

No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. The anchor got up, walked over, plonked itself down on top of a cable, got up, walked over, plonked itself down on top of another cable, got up, walked over, plonked itself down on top of yet another cable, got up, walked over, plonked itself down on top of still another cable, and finally, now breaking with tradition, got up, walked over, and plonked itself on top of a fifth cable. That's how it happened. It's obvious to anyone with a brain...

RE: Come again?
By BladeVenom on 2/8/2008 4:36:13 PM , Rating: 5
Sure it's easy to blame the anchor, but I think it was really suicidal cables throwing themselves under the anchor.

RE: Come again?
By CollegeTechGuy on 2/8/2008 5:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
I have a feeling that who ever dropped this anchor was also the same person who shot JFK.

RE: Come again?
By Belard on 2/9/2008 5:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think it'll be easier to prove that Nemo's father - the Clown fish Marlin did it.... running away from sharks.

RE: Come again?
By BruceLeet on 2/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Come again?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 2/8/2008 2:56:27 PM , Rating: 1
Excuse me? Was I waxing poetic and not realising it?

I made no mention of conspiracies. I just find it slightly weird that it can now be claimed that at least one cable was cut by the anchor of an abandoned boat.

I'm not making any assumptions about any of this because I honestly don't know, as I said in my original post.

RE: Come again?
By RobberBaron on 2/8/2008 1:48:08 PM , Rating: 3
There was an Earthquake. So...abandon anchor + earthquake = the hokey pokey underwater.

RE: Come again?
By AlphaVirus on 2/8/2008 2:21:09 PM , Rating: 1
So...1 earthquake + 1 abandoned anchor = 5 cut lines that are territories apart. Might I remind you to look at the picture

Notice how the cuts are pretty far apart from each other. You can believe the eathquake story if you want but its pretty easy to see something else is going on.

Also notice the Falcon line has been cut 3 out of 5 times in "random" locations. You keep blaming your earthquake if you want.

RE: Come again?
By AntiM on 2/8/2008 3:33:47 PM , Rating: 3
True. The very concept of an anchor is that IT STAYS PUT. I never knew there were so many nuances to an anchor until I looked up the word on Wikipedia

RE: Come again?
By Clauzii on 2/8/2008 4:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
Three cuts on a Falcon cable.

Smells fishy.

RE: Come again?
By audiomaniaca on 2/8/2008 11:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, let's ask the fishes who did it!

RE: Come again?
By VahnTitrio on 2/8/2008 4:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
The best I can come up with is that the anchor originally did some damage upon it's initial decent, and perhaps corrosion as well as other environmental factors led to an eventual failure. It doesn't explain the rest of the cables though.

I would put my money on a decoy set out by someone doing this maliciously. It seems more practical considering the far-fetched nature of this all being coincidence.

RE: Come again?
By MrPoletski on 2/9/2008 1:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
Or, the cable got up and washed back and forth from strong currents and caught on the anchor, shearing it.

RE: Come again?
By imaheadcase on 2/9/08, Rating: 0
Ban those anchors
By qdemn7 on 2/8/2008 12:50:30 PM , Rating: 5
See what happens when people leave their ship's anchors lying about? Time for serious anchor control. Better yet, ban them altogether. That'll stop those cable cuts.

RE: Ban those anchors
By uhgotnegum on 2/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: Ban those anchors
By kamel5547 on 2/8/2008 1:09:41 PM , Rating: 5
Anchors don't cut cables, people who drop anchors cut cables. When will you people stop infringing on our right to bear anchors?

RE: Ban those anchors
By BruceLeet on 2/8/2008 1:16:45 PM , Rating: 3
In Soviet Russia, Cables cut Anchors!

RE: Ban those anchors
By DigitalFreak on 2/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Ban those anchors
By BansheeX on 2/8/2008 2:40:19 PM , Rating: 5
In Soviet Russia, bad joke makes you.

RE: Ban those anchors
By kmmatney on 2/8/2008 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
All your anchors are belong to me!

RE: Ban those anchors
By retrospooty on 2/8/2008 2:55:21 PM , Rating: 3
and lets end it with... You guessed it.

40th post.

Better links
By diablofish on 2/8/2008 12:55:03 PM , Rating: 4
"While a ship's anchor may be a less exciting cause for the damaged cables than some of the more entertaining and paranoid alternatives proposed online -- the cut cables are shaping up to be no more than an unfortunate coincidence."

Those links should have been to these DailyTech posts for an even higher comedic value:

RE: Better links
By dubldwn on 2/8/2008 1:03:05 PM , Rating: 5
lol…as it turns out, it wasn’t the CIA, “the terrorists”, crab people, “the Jews”, Godzilla walking towards “the Jews”, aliens, Paul Allen, the Republicans, arab sharks (presumably with lasers), the Navy seals, aquaman, a Russian sub, the scientologists, or Bruce Willis in a modified Lotus.

RE: Better links
By diablofish on 2/8/2008 1:41:54 PM , Rating: 3
I'm so disappointed. I was really pulling for the crab people to revolt for all our meddling in their underwater realm.

RE: Better links
By lagomorpha on 2/9/2008 2:47:53 AM , Rating: 2
No no it was Roger Moore that had the submersible Lotus Esprit... dear god that limey bastard!

RE: Better links
By bhieb on 2/8/2008 1:44:21 PM , Rating: 5
So true I find this site to be odd to say the least. Instead of actually reporting facts, they always tend to slant it one way or another. It does not matter if it is Apple/MS, MS/PS3/Wii, LINUX/WINDOWS, no matter what the topic they just can't help themselves from throwing in their bias. This was a pretty good article, but the last paragraph just ruins it. What purpose does it serve? As your link points out dailytech themselves where "paranoid" and "entertaining" just days ago.

If you going to be a legit news site then be one, but this kind of crap just pushes the site one step closer to "National Inquirer for Techies".

FYI I don't by the conspiricy BS either, but the difference is my opinion is stated in the comments (aka opinion) area not the article claiming to be legit news.

RE: Better links
By Chris Peredun on 2/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Better links
By bhieb on 2/8/2008 2:52:31 PM , Rating: 5
Sure you can, but put it where it belongs in the comments not in a "news" article. Had it been obvious that paragraph was a joke, then fine, but it came off as serious.

Maybe I just took it wrong, but then again is that the fault of the professional author, or the ameatur reader?

RE: Better links
By Chris Peredun on 2/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Better links
By fsardis on 2/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Better links
By pauluskc on 2/22/2008 5:19:02 PM , Rating: 1
interesting to note, currents and earthquakes have shaped this world. remember pangea?

that only took 225 million years. the ocean ain't no punk and it's all the moon's fault.

Honestly, if I want news, I go to CNN or BBC or Reuters or etc. If I want a technical take on the news, I go here. Slanted or not, I'm fully capable of making up my own mind by looking at the facts presented (or researching them myself).

The whole anchor issue is clownery. How do 5 of these cables have failures in less than 1 week? Any kind of failures, let alone abondoned anchors. Of the 139.5 million square miles of ocean (not talking volume here), the odds of that are pretty small, I would think.

I'm making jokes and they're not directed at the author. It's the people who report it as an anchor who are being laughable. Anyone in here should be able to distinguish that. Geeeeeesh!!

By NedKelly on 2/8/2008 12:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a map of where each cable cut occurred? It sounds like the cable cuts were far apart. This ship couldn't have cut them all, so how were the rest cut?

RE: Map?
By KristopherKubicki on 2/8/2008 1:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Map?
By diablofish on 2/8/2008 1:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
The article says it is only offered as an explanation for ONE of the cable cuts: not all five.

I'm sure we'll get an explanation for each of them and we'll also get a conspiracy theory for each of them as well - heavy on the speculation and short on the facts.

RE: Map?
By mindless1 on 2/8/2008 4:44:16 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, you're the first I saw realizing that it may've only cut one.

The remaining problem is that it is extremely unlikely to have all these cuts in this period of time. Unfortunately I don't have all the variables to calculate it out but FIVE of them? Must be billion to one odds.

What if someone were doing this and didn't want it to look like it was deliberate, so they actually used an anchor or at least left one lying around the 'site of the cut?

If I went to five different McDonalds restaurants and farted in their bathrooms, was there a conspiracy? What if I instead cruised around to 5 different cable segments and cut them? Was it a conspiracy?

At this point the most unlikely theory is that random events cut them all in such a short period. Maybe the first was accidentally cut by an anchor then it got someone thinking about what would happen to some region if several were cut.

Keep in mind what would happen to worldwide cable connectivity if this rate - by whatever cause, continues.

Still wont satisfy conspiracy theories.
By pomaikai on 2/8/2008 12:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
The thing about conspiracy theories is that you can always say that the explanation was created to hide the conspiracy. The anchor was placed there as a ploy to hide what really happened.

By omnicronx on 2/8/2008 1:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
The anchor was placed there as a ploy to hide what really happened.
Or it was there before all this happened, just as likely is it not? Anchors are not exactly an uncommon thing here. Its not like the ship captain is going to come back and admit, 'Ya um.. that was my anchor and I left it in this spot on this date... who knew?' and tell us all when and where it happened. So how exactly do they know when and where it got there?.... maybe the detectives on this case have the new version of Google Maps, I heard they added abandoned under water anchors to the things to see list.

By mindless1 on 2/8/2008 4:50:04 PM , Rating: 3
... or that there is no anchor, the ship claiming to have found one is involved in the conspiracy and brought a spare anchor with it.

This explains it.
By an0dize on 2/8/2008 2:33:29 PM , Rating: 1
Um... The various cable cuts are only a few thousand miles apart. One rogue anchor could have easily caused all of the damage. After all, ship anchors are designed to be light-weight and glide smoothly along the sea floor. If they weren't the ship might get stuck in place if they were to lower it. Honestly, given the amount of anchors that are probably zipping around back and forth along the sea floor I'm surprised we don't hear more reports like this or see damaged submarines, etc.

RE: This explains it.
By PAPutzback on 2/8/2008 2:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
You gotta be kidding me. Light weight and Glide. Hello there, anyone home. The purpose of an anchor, well.... is to anchor something in one spot. I truly doubt there is a heard of anchors zipping around 1000s of miles each day.

I truly hope you are being sarcastic otherwise you might want a better anchor before the next round of tornados come to your park.

light weight and glide smoothly. LOL.

I have abandoned a couple anchors before and it is usually because the anchor got caught on something or the rope got around the prop.

Given that these anchors have chains that probably weigh tons I doubt it was prop.

RE: This explains it.
By MozeeToby on 2/8/2008 3:06:15 PM , Rating: 2

RE: This explains it.
By vhx on 2/8/2008 3:22:20 PM , Rating: 2

Oh yeah...but
By uhgotnegum on 2/8/2008 12:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
Who abandoned the ship in the first place???? It was totally terrorists!

RE: Oh yeah...but
By uhgotnegum on 2/8/2008 1:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
downrated for sarcastic comment makes me sad...

Edit note: Title should not be "Abandoned Ship's Anchor"...should be "Ship's Abandoned Anchor," because the ship wasn't abandoned, I guess; the anchor was. Right?

RE: Oh yeah...but
By Sahrin on 2/8/2008 1:54:20 PM , Rating: 2
I think it might be "Abandoned Ship's Anchor;" naval usage is always a little off. ("Ship's Log," "Ship's Galley," Ship's Mast" etc. "Ship's Anchor" may be the proper name for an anchor of a ship).

what am i missing here
By omnicronx on 2/8/2008 12:51:38 PM , Rating: 3
I don't get it, if the ship anchor is abandoned, how did it hit 5 different cables? I also wonder how far away are the cables from each other. If they are far apart how does this happen, a hit and run? Or are they trying to say that the underwater current moved the anchor and cut five different cables?

RE: what am i missing here
By masher2 on 2/8/2008 1:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's four cables, actually -- one was damaged in two places. And IIRC, one of the four also appears to have been brought down by power problems, not a physical cut.

RE: what am i missing here
By AlphaVirus on 2/8/2008 2:41:43 PM , Rating: 1
I am knocking any ideas but I will poke fun at all until a true explanation can be found and reviewed.
Between Jan23 and Feb5 5 cables went out and possibly 3 have a reason.

1. An earthquake happened Feb2. I dont buy this explanation but its in the air, or sea if youd like. =P

2. Power problems. What sort of power problems are they having now that they have not had in the past X amount of years. They claimed it would take 10 days to repair this "power promlem", so that means they probably have not had this type of problem frequently, just my guess.

3. An achor. Cmon, where did this anchor come from? I bet if they showed a picture of this 5 ton achor it will have algea and barnicles on it, thus showing how long it has been sitting there motionless. I do not know how powerful the currents are THAT deep but considering turtles and or fish are not being thrown around, I highly doubt a 5 ton anchor will be moved easily.

4. Maybe the cable that was cut 2 times were affected by the earthquake which moved the anchor. The earthquake was recorded on the 2nd, the 2 nearest lines were cut on the 1st and 5th.

I am glad you guys kept up with this story because its very informative but I just cant wait till we find out what actually happened. I am not buying this fud they are throwing at us.

And why has the US news not brought this to the public? I have told friends and family and the only person who has heard anything was my cousin in the Iraq war. He said they are having internet issues and the military has limited their access by about 90%.

who is fixing the cable?
By bond007taz on 2/8/2008 1:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
i wonder if the company that fixes the cable cut the cable? They have to make a lot of money to fix it so maybe somone needs a new 150" Plasma?

RE: who is fixing the cable?
By baseball43v3r on 2/8/2008 2:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
err thats not exactly how it works, it cost the company money to fix the cable, so he has to sell his 150" plasma. the company is in house, they have their own repair and maintenance section, otherwise it would be too expensive to outsource this kind of thing. and considering this is all the company does (communications) you can bet your bottom dollar they dont want anything happening to their cables. so no, that doesnt work.

RE: who is fixing the cable?
By mindless1 on 2/8/2008 4:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
you have not explained away that (unlikely) possiblity.

Even if the repair crew were in-house, that doesn't mean they wouldn't like a bit of overtime pay. If they have the ability to locate it, then go down and make a repair, some might be equally able to go down and cut it. I doubt it's what happened, but actually whatever did happen might be equally unlikely even if it were random different events because of the timing and frequency.

Two words...
By jonodsparks on 2/8/2008 2:14:45 PM , Rating: 3

Who else would have the strength, speed, and lung capacity to accomplish such a feet?

A mystery our children's children will still pondering.

RE: Two words...
By Griswold on 2/8/2008 6:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
Cut in two by a razor sharp roundhouse kick!

However, I still believe the anchor is actually Godzilla's navel piercing and and the cables got wound up in the anchor shaped bling-bling when he took his centennial bath just before he comes ashore to open a can of whoop-ass on mankind.

Wait and see!

By 5c8wc4 on 2/8/2008 12:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Shouldent the boat stand still when the anchor is lowered?. How sharp is this anchor anyway to cut 4 bulky cables in just a few months timespan.

RE: anchors
By NT78stonewobble on 2/9/2008 3:50:22 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think most ships stand still on the ocean, even when trying.

Still I do know that sometimes in an emergency a ship will drop the anchor to try and stop.

My father in law experienced this in south american port once when suddenly they lost all power when they had to break.

The captain dropped the anchor to slow the ship down the last bit before damaging another ship too much.

Apparently this is mostly done when the ship is allready traveling slowly.

It was Al Gore!
By mikefarinha on 2/8/2008 1:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
The anchor theory is just that... a THEORY.

If you read between the lines you'll know that it actually Al Gore using Global Warming to destroy his own invention of the internet. All because we laughed and ridiculed him instead of showing him the awe and reverence he so deserves for his contributions to humanity.

RE: It was Al Gore!
By winterspan on 2/8/2008 4:53:08 PM , Rating: 2
Does the endless train of "Al Gore said he invented the internet" morons ever cease? For your own sake, go to Wikipedia or google and search for the Al Gore quote and then search for his relevant legislation record.
Al Gore did not invent the internet nor did he say so. He said he contributed to the formation of the public internet, which he did by writing and introducing legislation that built up the fiber backbone of the internet.

This takes all of 5 minutes to learn. Then you never have to look like a complete ass-wad again.

Obviously, a second anchor
By stantuna on 2/8/2008 2:37:43 PM , Rating: 2
in the grassy knoll

By LivingDedBoy on 2/8/2008 2:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
Its the lost city of Ry'legh coming to the surface.

The dread Cthulu is wakening, doom is upon us!

Seriously though, I got nothing but theories until they pull up all the cables

Latin Terrorists Consiparcy
By Eguichardo on 2/8/2008 3:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
Guys guys, you've got all wrong.

It's Latin American terrorist action against those cable.

Recently, outsourcing is currently rising in Latin America (especially call centers). That means that India is their biggest competition.

Check the previous post about the 5th cut, 60 million users affected in India. I think it's not a coincidence.

Anchor? No!
By Griswold on 2/8/2008 6:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thats not an anchor... thats Godzilla's bellybutton piercing!

You are all wrong.
By Captain Orgazmo on 2/8/2008 8:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it was Captain Nemo. He cut them all, except for one, which the White Whale was responsible for... oh and Jaws did one too (not the shark, but that huge guy with the shiny teeth).

Another Vacation?
By jhb116 on 2/8/2008 9:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a great plot for another Griswald vacation ;)

Iranian Oil Bourse
By NeoConned08 on 2/8/2008 10:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
Someone should probably check how much internet connectivity the island of Kish has :) That's home to the Iranian Oil Bourse, a major threat to dollar hegemony, and it was due to open this week.

It's more logical than terrorists cutting off their own internet or abandoned multi ton anchors somehow doing it....even that doesnt explain how there were multiple cables cut :) It's laughable at best to think that all these cables were accidentally cut all in the span of a few days.

Im not saying this is definitely 100% why the cables were cut, but the threat that Bourse poses IS a logical reason why they possibly could have been. Perhaps the US is installing measures to hammer the Bourse when it goes live, or perhaps it was the Iranians putting in measures to protect the Bourse from cyber attacks by the US. Who knows.

By makots on 2/9/2008 12:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
A "Falcon" cable eh... Looks like Microsoft had to go to the depths of the ocean floor just to fix the bloody XBox 360 RROD problem. Lordy.... Mr.Bill

By PresidentThomasJefferson on 2/9/2008 4:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
UPDATE from U.P.: "It might involve something like the NSA, installing foreign interception bugs and trackers into the optic cables. Read this article."

yep, that is the most likely explaination (installing bugs to intercept all internet communications)

considering that US occupied Iraq & Israel are unaffected while everybody else is, it seems highly likely something done by US or Israeli forces .. also keep in mind the NSA -national security admin - also installed bugs in all US internet backbones (all internet traffic goes thru/feeds into the major backbones which act as the primary highway --considering that the backbones orginated as military/US university research backbones, it's no wonder) ..

Isn't it amazing that most of all the US news never mention that possiblity or even the hint of sabotage, instead stating 'unknown, mysterious, or ship dragging anchors(forbidden in that area)'... if that doesn't tell u that the US media is just a puppet of the powers that be, what will?

P.S. the internet did not get developed into the public/commercial sector til the late 80s/early 90s (the legislation was pushed for by Al Gore that funded the developement of the 'information super highway' -development of the IP/TCP protocols/ip addresess by Kahn & Vint Cerf (the engineeers/programmers credited as 'fathers of the internet' publicly credit Gore as the politician most responsible for getting the modern internet developed/funded) & browsers Mosaic/Netscape/Internet Explorer code werre some of the development fundings end results --note that the payoff from orginal funding in the 60's required a 30 yr payoff & further funding in the 80/90's by Gore that comercialized/put it for public use)

The Cable-Cutter Mystery
By on 2/9/2008 10:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
"Spies, lies, and 'conspiracy theories' – what's behind the Middle East internet outage?"

musical anchor
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/11/2008 10:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose that same damn anchor is responsible for all the cuts?

A ship's anchor?
By MagicSquid on 2/12/2008 7:33:30 AM , Rating: 2
A ship's anchor? And here I was so sure it was crab people!

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