As eager as we humans are to explore other planets in our universe, there are still many unsolved mysteries that lie beneath our oceans, lakes, and rivers, 95 percent of which remain unexplored. In particular, scientists remain puzzled by a colossal circular object, which was discovered at a depth of 300 feet on the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2011. It is now known as the “Baltic Sea Anomaly.”
“I have been the biggest skeptic, I was kind of prepared for finding just stone. For me it has been an amazing experience,” said Peter Lindberg, one of the researchers who discovered the object.
The Swedish Ocean X team, led by Lindberg and co-researcher Denis Asberg, detected the object with their side-scan sonar while on a jaunt to explore a shipwreck. The object was determined to be 60 meters (200 feet) wide and 8 meters (26 feet) high, with sharp edges, perfectly straight lines, and perfect right angles prevalent throughout its structure.
Markings on the seabed behind it resembled skid marks, while the object seemed to be resting upon a “large pillar.”
Many theories abound as to what the gigantic structure might be, though it is believed to be at least 140,000 years old. According to Volker Bruchert, an associate professor of geology at Stockholm University, the object is “many thousands of years” old and dates back to the Ice Age.
Denis Asberg recalled: “We were really surprised and puzzled. We were thinking what is that we have found here. This is not a wreck. At that time we thought for sure there was a natural explanation.
“We wanted to look into it some more and decided to keep this totally quiet. We contacted geologists, marine biologists and when they said they had never seen anything like this, of course more thoughts were triggered.
“It could be something really awesome that we’ve found.”
While expecting to find stone, it was determined that the strange object was actually made of metal. When divers retrieved a sample, geologist Steve Weiner confirmed that it was made of “metals which nature could not reproduce itself.”
Strangely, all electronics on the Ocean X team’s boat died when they floated directly above the object and started working again once they moved off of where the object was located.
“Anything electric out there, and the satellite phone as well, stopped working when we were above the object,” said professional diver Stefan Hogerborn.
“And then when we got away about 200 meters, it turned on again, and when we got back over the object it didn’t work.”
On their second visit of the anomaly, Ocean X discovered what appeared to be a stairwell leading into the structure through a dark hole.
Although the researchers have been hesitant to field any conclusions as yet, we may ponder: could this stairwell be an entrance into some sort of ancient spacecraft?
What caused the skid marks on the ocean floor behind the object? Did the object crash-land tens of thousands of years ago?
There is divided opinion about this phenomenon among experts, with some saying the image is not enough information to base findings on.
So far, no one has come forward with funding for further research, so it seems for now the Baltic Sea Anomaly will remain a mystery, lying at the bottom of the ocean.
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