Locals who were able to get up close to the sphere detailed what it was like, with one person revealing, “I tried to push it, but it wouldn't budge”.
Some claimed that the item had been on the beach for a month before officials decided to take interest. Others online expressed their embarrassment at what they believe is an overreaction.
One person tweeted: “I can't believe officials from a country surrounded by ocean don't recognize a ball buoy.”
\u201c@NHKWORLD_News I can't believe officials from a country surrounded by ocean don't recognize a ball buoy. \ud83e\udd26\u200d\u2642\ufe0f\n\nThey seemed rather intrigued by the mooring loop. \ud83e\uddd0\u201d