Background on the Baltic Anomaly
On June 19, 2011, the Ocean X Team used side-scan sonar to “photograph” a massive object deep in the Baltic Sea, approximately 260 feet below surface. Peter Lindberg, co-founder of the Ocean X Team, jokingly declared “Hey guys, we have a UFO!” However, after a large publicity campaign and a new expedition, the Ocean X Team discovered the Anomaly primarily consisted of large rocks. The exact nature of those rocks remain a mystery.
New information about the Baltic Anomaly continues to leak out via various press agencies across the world. For the most part, we’re forced to rely on Google Translate, so our translations might be a little off. The latest news comes from Welt Online.
Apparently, the Ocean X Team spotted a 50-meter high mountain shaped like a volcanic cone in the vicinity of the Baltic Anomaly. An “indefinable cloud” oozed out of its peak. The Team speculated this cloud was actually boiling water. The whole thing was shrouded in “very bright red light” and fish “showed unusual patterns of movement.” Incidentally, this structure may account for the mysterious “Rock.”
Back to the Hot Spring Theory
All this calls to mind our theory of an extinguished underwater hot spring, also known as a hydrothermal vent. A hydrothermal vent is created when groundwater in the Earth’s crust is heated by geothermal means and vented out into the sea through a fissure. This super-hot water often contains dissolved minerals. When these minerals contact the water, they can cool and harden. In the process, they form large chimney-shaped structures known as smokers. Some of these smokers have been known to reach as high as sixty meters.
When the dissolved minerals contain large amounts of sulfide, the particles exiting the smoker are colored black. These structures are called black smokers. A white smoker emits lighter colored materials.
We continue to believe one or more extinguished hydrothermal vents created the Baltic Anomaly. When hot water was expelled from black smokers, it caused dissolved minerals to be driven outward. These materials eventually cooled and hardened in the water, forming the strange circular-like object. Eventually, the vents “died.”
“A vent can “die” at any time for several reasons. For example, seismic activity might cause a chimney to collapse. Fluid would then build up in the blocked vent, effectively choking it out. Or the hydrothermal fluid could simply run out, exhausting the vent.” ~ David Meyer, The Baltic Anomaly: The Lost Updates?
Geothermal heat is actually fairly common in the Baltic Sea. And such a vent would help answer some of the more puzzling questions surrounding the phenomena. Take the Ocean X Team’s initial reports of radiation in the area.
“incredible, we have measured the radiative value of the anchors we used. It’s quite intriguing, the normal level of radiation is 0,1 milli Sieverts and we get 0,63 when measuring on the anchors. It’s far from dangorus levels but still; it’s 6 times higher than a normal level of radiation. The anchors have been on the bottom like 2-3 kilometers from the circle, so one can wonder if we will get higher values of radiation the closer we get of the circle?” ~ Ocean X Team, April 2, 2012
Sometimes, black smokers emit radium. In fact, the famous hot springs in Ikaria, Greece, enjoyed by people for thousands of years, are radioactive. Here’s another example of gamma radiation being found in hot (and cold) springs in Jordan.
Also, the Ocean X Team chipped away some rock from the Anomaly and discovered the interior was black. A heavy presence of sulfide would explain this coloring. Sulfide might also explain the substance “resembling soot” which covered the rocks.
Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis
If our theory of an extinguished black smoker is correct, then the Ocean X Team has a volcanogenic massive sulfide ore deposit on its hands. And that presents a problem.
“The find is not protected by any laws or anything. If the find would be fish, oil, gas or minerals it will belong to a Baltic country since our find is within an economical zone but off the nearest territorial border.” ~ Peter Lindberg, Comment on Another Anomaly 2, August 11, 2011
Previously, we’ve speculated that the Ocean X Team has no real incentive to solve the mystery of the Baltic Anomaly. The mystery is what will sell Titan Television’s documentary as well as the Team’s plans to run submarine tourism trips back and forth to the Anomaly.
“And that bring us to our third conclusion…the Baltic Anomaly will never be solved. That’s not because it can’t be solved but rather because the Ocean X Team has no incentive to solve it. The chances of the Anomaly being anything other than a natural formation are exceedingly small. So, if the Ocean X Team were to answer all the questions, most people would lose interest in the story. Few people would watch a documentary about a natural rock formation. Even fewer people would be willing to pay money to see it on a tour.” – David Meyer, The Baltic Anomaly: What is Going on Here?
And now, we can add another reason to the mix. If the Baltic Anomaly is actually a rich mineral deposit, the Team would have no rights to it. Hence, they have no reason to reveal this fact to the world.
As fellow treasure hunters, we strongly disagree with that fact. As we see it, the Baltic Anomaly falls under the homesteading principle. No one owned it prior to its discovery. The Ocean X Team, on the other hand, is the rightful owner of its own labor. By working the site, the Team added its labor to the mineral deposit and thus, became its rightful owner.
Some unanswered questions remain, namely the “downhill path” consisting of flattened seabed, which leads up to the circular object. However, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Baltic Anomaly might just be leftover material from an extinguished black smoker.
Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly
- 1/30/12: A Lost Shipwreck…or a Lost UFO?
- 6/2/12: The Baltic Anomaly?
- 6/6/12: The Baltic Anomaly: UFO…or just a Hot Spring?
- 6/8/12: The Baltic Anomaly: A New Discovery?
- 6/12/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Is it a Hoax?
- 6/13/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Another “Great Lakes Hoax”?
- 6/14/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Lost Updates?
- 6/15/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Answers at Last?
- 6/16/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Questions & Speculation?
- 6/17/12: The Baltic Anomaly: What is Going on Here?
- 6/18/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Bigger Picture?
- 6/19/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Is it a Black Smoker?
- 6/20/12: The Baltic Anomaly: That Mysterious Pillar?
- 6/21/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Nazi Connection?
- 6/22/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Ocean X Team Speaks!
- 6/23/12: The Baltic Anomaly: What is the next “Anomaly”?
- 6/27/12: The Baltic Anomaly: Is it Natural…or Artificial?
- 6/28/12: Breaking News: Is the Baltic Anomaly an Elaborate Hoax?
- 7/2/12: The Baltic Anomaly: What is the Secret Wreck?
- 7/6/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Original Ocean X Team?
- 7/16/12: The Baltic Anomaly: The Fire and Ice Theory?