June 28, 2012 - This is turning into one of the most amazing and perplexing discoveries in history. If you thought all of the questions surrounding the Baltic anomaly
would be answered by the return trip, then youâ€™d be wrong. The OceanX team have discovered right angles, walls with absolutely smooth surfaces and cavities-like corridors inside the object as well as something resembling a staircase â€“ the weird just got weirder.
The 3D Sonar in the picture above reveals perfectly straight lines and angles embedded into the round structure.
â€śWhen we went out and saw the walls which were straight and smooth, it was frightening, as in a science-fiction filmâ€ť, Dennis Ă…sberg (Ocean Explorer Co-Founder) said.
From the different reports and interviews given we have amassed the following details of the anomaly.
- Completely circular plate-like exterior.
- 180 metres in circumference.
is 200ft accross mushroom shaped comprising a thick pillar rising 8 metres out of the seabed with a 4 metre thick dome on top (like a mushroom shape) â€“ rising a total of 12 metres (approx 40 feet) high above the surrounding seabed.
- Cavities-like corridors inside the object.
- Straight and smooth walls in certain areas with many right angles.
- There are visible formations on top of the object, which are set at a 90 degree angle and look like passageways or walls, as well as something that looks like it could be a staircase.
- Stone circles, like â€śfireplacesâ€ť, of hard black â€śalmost petrifiedâ€ť burnt looking stone each a few inches in diameter, like 4 or 5 pearls in a necklace in various arrangements on top of the dome.
- Spherical object nicknamed â€śThe Meringueâ€ť (pictured below) is 4 metres wide and sits on top of the object.
- Twenty-five centimetre hole on top of the object, itâ€™s not known yet where it leads or what if anything is inside.
- Long runway or â€śskid marksâ€ť leading to object point north.
The latest revelations of right angles, walls with absolutely smooth surfaces and cavities-like corridors inside the object are if possible, far stranger than any UFO could ever hope to be. In fact a UFO find would now seem positively mundane.
Now it seems that as more and more information is revealed, the mystery surrounding the object grows. The good news for everyone who is intrigued by this story is that a THIRD expedition by the team will set off in approximately two weeks â€“ the OceanX team will be hoping to rule out some of the possible explanations and collect even more data to shed light on this most perplexing mystery.
In a recent Swedish radio interview ( listen here: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=3113&artikel=1971594
), Aasberg described some amazing features which seem to indicate that the object is man made, or perhaps a natural formation that has been altered or engineered. In various radio and TV interviews the team have described the surfaces of the dome to be similar to concrete both in texture and appearance. The massive pillar on which the dome rests may be made of a different material indicating that the entire anomaly may not be one complete piece but rather two separate objects with the dome resting on top of the main pillar, and if so, who or what placed the dome on top? Also, when we say pillar â€“ this is a pillar that is approx 180-190 feet thick.
â€śWe arrived there twice, and the question mark has become so much bigger now, â€śsays Dennis Ă…sberg.The area is a completely circular plate with 180 metres in circumference, and therefore believed that it was the first traces of a meteor.â€ť
â€śBut there are 1,500-metre track in bed until the subject matter-and they have also discovered right angles, walls with absolutely smooth surfaces and cavities-like corridors inside the object.â€“ When we went out and saw the walls which were straight and smooth, it was frightening, as in a science-fiction film, â€śsays Dennis Ă…sberg on Ocean x-team as soon exploring the unknown object again.â€ś
During the dive, the team swam slowly over the top of the object looking down where they encountered the first of many strange sights. Stone circles, like â€śfireplacesâ€ť, of hard black â€śalmost petrifiedâ€ť burnt looking stone each a few inches in diameter, like 4 or 5 pearls in a necklace in various arrangements on top of the dome some 12 metres high off the seabed. The stones appear to be arranged in definite circular shapes, so there is no possibility of this being done through any natural process of weathering or even glaciation.
Stefan Hogeborn, 47, is a veteran of 6000 dives spanning his 20 year career and is one of the expert divers who was completely mesmerized by what he saw. â€śNormally stones donâ€™t burn,â€ť Hogeborn said. â€śI canâ€™t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions,â€ť he added.
Also visible and shown in some of the released video footage is a strange hole (pictured below) in the top of the object. The hole is described to be approx 25 cm in diameter. Where it leads to or exactly what itâ€™s purpose is is yet unknown. It is thought that this feature will be investigated further when the team return to the site again in 2 weeks time.
The Trail or Path Leading To The Object
In the initial sonar imagery there appeared to be what looked 1000+ metres of what looked like like skid marks or a disturbed seafloor area leading to the object. According to the dive team what it now looks like to them is what can only be described as a â€śrunwayâ€ť or â€śdownhill pathâ€ť that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it. Co-Founder Peter Lindberg describes this feature of the site as a ridge raising slowly up from the bottom to a height of approx 8 meters above the surrounding bottom. He also believes that this ridge is made of softer material than the pillar and the dome.
The second anomaly
Some 200 metres away lies the second strange anomaly which is amazingly yet to be explored! The initial sidescan sonar images show something described by the team as shaped like a â€śgothic church windowâ€ť. Similar to the main anomaly this object also has an area leading up to it of disturbed seafloor or what could be a ridge. The divers were so amazed by the main anomaly that they simply didnâ€™t have time to dive on the second one. The return trip in two weeks time should present an opportunity for this to finally be explored.
There is the real possibility that the second anomaly may help give clues to the origin and nature of the main object.
Lindberg concludes: â€śThe 3D Multibeam sonar data take a while to process. It will not be until end of next week we will be able to see the first 3D images from the area. I have seen the raw data though and if what I have seen will be confirmed by the finished result we will get some quite amazing facts to think about.â€ť
â€śMore pictures will come, no more diver taken pictures though, not before until next expedition. The production company is right now working with the ROV films and still pictures from them will be released. Before the expeditionâ€ť â€“ â€śIt is up to the production company, who makes the documentary, which pictures will be released.â€ť
To be continued!