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By Natalie O'Brien

Alien implants, mysterious metal objects from outer space and bizarre encounters of the fourth kind sound more like an episode from The X Files than an exhibition for public consumption.
But these arcane objects and events form the basis of Phenomena, a touring showcase on extraterrestrials and unidentified flying objects the first of its kind to open in Fremantle.
It's also the world premiere and project director Brian Borshoff said its popularity demonstrated the growing fascination with UFOs and the idea of extraterrestrial contact.
"Interest in UFOs is ramping up for the millennium," said Mr Borshoff. "UFOs are no longer considered fringe subjects, their study has crossed over into mainstream science."
He said people are so fascinated by the subject that UFO sites have the highest hit rate on the Internet and five of the 10 most popular films in history were about either UFOs or extraterrestrials.
He said the concept of UFOs had become so entrenched around the world that an image of a flying saucer was instantly recognised transcending language barriers.
"They have become a cultural icon, which is amazing for something we still don't know the truth about."
The exhibition at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal is separated into seven "pods" examining everything from the history of UFO sightings to the evidence of contact, details of alien abductions and even the sighting of crop circles which date back to 1678.
Researchers spent months scouring the world, gathering everything available on the subject, from photographs to detailed witnesses' accounts and potential physical evidence from other worlds.
Exhibits include video footage of what are believed to be UFOs, plus details of abduction experiences and the display of "implants" surgically removed by an American doctor from people claiming to have been abducted by aliens.
Also on display is what is claimed to be the first physical evidence of another life form a metal sphere found on a Mexican farm.
Made from an "intriguing" combination of metals including titanium, vanadium and aluminium, it is said to be one of only two ever found. The other one is believed to be held by US authorities.
"We have got the best evidence available, presented it as accurately and neutrally as possible and and we let people make their own informed decisions," said Mr Borshoff.
"We are encouraging everyone from enthusiasts to debunkers after all, science is all about questioning."


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