Breaking News! Is the Baltic Anomaly an Elaborate Hoax?

The strange Baltic Anomaly has baffled the world. But new information has now cast doubt over the whole story. Is Dennis Åsberg, co-founder of the Ocean X Team, actually an actor?

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 new expedition, the Team discovered the Anomaly primarily consisted of large rocks. The exact nature of those rocks, which we call the Circle, as well as a 985 foot runway leading up to them (the Tracks), remain mysteries.

Since that time, the Ocean X Team has gone on a second expedition, released a few photographs and some video, and provided lots of mysterious information via interviews conducted primarily with the Team’s UFO-centric Facebook community as well as websites devoted to UFOs. However, very little concrete data has emerged. Skeptics, including us, have questioned whether or not the Baltic Anomaly is a “hoax” of sorts.

The Ocean X Team has vigorously defended itself from charges of a hoax. They claim to be ordinary treasure hunters who happened to stumble upon a strange mystery. They have assured the world that they want answers just as badly as everyone else.

Is the Baltic Anomaly a Hoax?

Earlier today, we received a tip that Dennis Åsberg, co-founder of the Ocean X Team, is actually an actor. His profile can be found at Statist.se, which claims to be “Sweden’s largest database of extras, actors, models and audience.” You can read the Google translation here. The person is identified as Dennis and the photos bear a striking resemblance to Mr. Åsberg. All in all, this appears to be genuine although we can’t be 100% certain.

Now, we would note that this does not prove a hoax. It’s quite possible Mr. Åsberg is actually what he claims to be…a treasure hunter. And indeed, the last acting job on his profile is listed as taking place in 2005. So, even if he is an actor, he could have given up on the profession. Or, on the other hand, perhaps he’s merely “playing a role.” Interestingly enough, he doesn’t appear to have been present during some of Peter Lindberg’s other treasure hunts.

Regardless, it’s suspicious. We’ve been wary of the Ocean X Team for some time, mostly due to their highly-charged updates, vague images, and strange explanations. But have they constructed an elaborate hoax in order to secure a big payday? We should note that they have secured a documentary deal with Titan Television, they’re currently seeking sponsors (possibly both corporate and individual), and they’re planning to market submarine rides for wealthy individuals to see the so-called Baltic Anomaly.

We’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but we’d like some answers. The ball’s in your corner Ocean X Team…

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

Tweeting…to Aliens?

On August 25, 1977, Dr. Jerry Ehman detected an odd radio signal that appeared to be of alien origin. He circled the signal and wrote “Wow!” next to it. Now, almost 35 years later, mankind is finally preparing a definitive response to the Wow Signal.

Replying to the Wow Signal?

National Geographic has a new TV series coming out called Chasing UFOs. The series will feature investigators reexamining old, unexplained alien encounters. As part of the publicity, National Geographic plans to collect all tweets from 8pm EDT on June 29 to 3am EDT on June 30 that are marked with the hashtag #ChasingUFOS. The messages will be rolled into one message and beamed back at the constellation Sagittarius.

We first wrote about the Wow Signal back in February. Simply put, Dr. Ehman recorded the signal while working on a SETI project. It was extremely intense, some 30 times more powerful than ambient radiation. It also appeared to originate from outside the Solar System, specifically from the constellation Sagittarius, close to the Chi Sagittarii star group. However, it was a one-time thing and even Dr. Ehman eventually began to question its suggested origin.

Incidentally, this isn’t mankind’s first attempt to reply to the Wow Signal. But it’s definitely the most complex.

“We are working with Arecibo Observatory to develop the best way to encrypt the transmission. Earlier transmissions have focused on simplicity, whereas this one will rely more on creating a complex but noticeable pattern, hopefully standing out from other random, natural noise.” ~ Kristin Montalbano, Spokeswoman for the National Geographic Channel, Possible Alien Message to Get Reply from Humanity

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

So, will an alien race receive the transmission? And maybe even respond? It’s impossible to be sure. But just in case, you might want to head over to Twitter on June 29 or June 30 and add your two cents. We’ll see you there!

The Baltic Anomaly: Is it Natural…or Artificial?

The strange Baltic Anomaly continues to baffle the world. Recently, the Ocean X Team revealed the existence of odd “visible formations” that are similar to walls and a staircase. Just what is going on at the bottom of the Baltic Sea?

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 new expedition, the Team discovered the Anomaly primarily consisted of large rocks. The exact nature of those rocks, which we call the Circle, as well as a 985 foot runway leading up to them (the Tracks), remain mysteries.

The Baltic Anomaly & Right Angles

A few days ago, Peter Lindberg provided some new information on the Anomaly to NTD Television. He described the Circle as having “visible formations” which were set at 90 degree angles. Supposedly, they look like “passageways or walls.” He also mentioned “something that looks like it could be a staircase.”

“We have experienced things that I really couldn’t imagine and I have been the team’s biggest skeptic regarding these different kind of theories. I was kind of prepared just to find a stone or cliff or outcrop or pile of mud but it was nothing like that, so for me it has been a missing experience I must say.” ~ Peter Lindberg, Ocean X Team, Interview with NTD Television

On June 25, Dennis Åsberg, the other co-founder of the Ocean X Team, participated in an interview with Sverige Radio. Unfortunately, the translation is a little difficult to understand. But from we can gather, the top of the Circle shows right angles and walls with perfectly smooth surfaces and cavities.

“When we went back and saw those walls were straight and smooth, then it was weird, like in a science-fiction film.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, Ocean X-Team, Interview with Sverige Radio

Yesterday, Dennis posted this sonar image on the Team’s Facebook page. It was taken with BlueView Technologies equipment. He described it as being “from one of the many corridors and rooms above the object.” Indeed, it appears to show a relatively straight right angle (albeit, not a perfect one).

Okay, so let’s get something straight here. Several sources have reported the existence of walls and corridors “inside” the Circle. We believe this is a misunderstanding, likely due to translation difficulties. Instead, it appears the “corridors” and “rooms” are merely carved out paths located on top of the Circle. The depth of these paths remains unknown.

Still, the presence of right angles as well as the rounded shape of the Circle have caused many people to believe the object must be artificial. After all, right angles don’t exist in nature right?

Right Angles in Nature?

Wrong. The right angle, contrary to popular opinion, does exist in nature. It’s not some secret invention of mankind. It is just as likely to appear in nature as any other angle. However, nature shows no bias toward the right angle while mankind, on the other hand, makes extensive use of it. Thus, when we see right angles in nature, we’re inclined to immediately suspect artificial origin.

Take these stones which were discovered in Peru in 2007. They formed massive walls covering an area of 40,000 square meters.  Because of their right angles, they were initially thought to be from the legendary lost Inca city of Paititi. However, after an investigation, researchers from the National Institute of Culture identified the stones as naturally-formed sandstone.

But what about the Circle itself? Surely, circular shapes don’t exist in nature right? Wrong again. For example, large sphere-shaped boulders (known as the Moeraki Boulders) line New Zealand’s Koekohe Beach. The local Māori considered these rocks to be the transformed remains of cargo lost in an ancient shipwreck. However, they were actually formed in a natural process reminiscent of how an oyster creates a pearl.

The Baltic Anomaly & Cognitive Bias

People suffer from a cognitive bias known as apophenia. In other words, we have the tendency to see patterns and make connections, even in random data. Thus, when we see naturally-occuring right angles on a giant rock, we are inclined to think of them as “walls” and “corridors.”

Currently, we don’t know much about the right angles found by the Ocean X Team. For example, we don’t know how many right angles they found, the sizes of those angles, where they found them, or how deep they cut into the Circle. So for now, we continue to believe these right angles are probably just a natural formation.

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

We freely admit the Baltic Anomaly could be anything. But for the moment, we don’t see anything here to overturn our current theory. We continue to think the Baltic Anomaly was created, at least in part, by a series of black smokers. This would explain the black material inside the Circle (sulfur) as well as many other features of the Anomaly.
“We’ve speculated for awhile now that the Circle might’ve been created by now-extinguished hydrothermal vents, or black smokers. The biggest drawback to that theory has always been the lack of volcanic activity in the Baltic Sea. However, a hydrothermal vent doesn’t necessarily require a volcanically active location. They generally occur when seawater works its way beneath the Earth’s crust near subduction zones (subduction zones are places where two tectonic plates converge with each other). The seawater is heated by the steaming hot magma and spews back out into the sea along with dissolved minerals via fissures. These materials eventually cool and harden in the water.” ~ David Meyer, The Baltic Anomaly: The Ocean X Team Speaks!

Another possibility is that the Circle is a glacial erratic of some sort. The small circles of rocks found on top of it could be a moraine.

On its next expedition, the Ocean X Team plans to investigate the mysterious second object, which we have called “The Window.” According to the original side-scan sonar image, the Window was roughly 660 feet from the Circle. It was initially described as rectangular-shaped with “two arches” on top. It supposedly measured 120 feet across and looked a little like a “Gothic church window.” Hopefully, the Window will shed a little more light on the strange Baltic Anomaly.

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: What is the next “Anomaly”?

The mystery behind the Baltic Anomaly continues to deepen. While we wait for samples to be analyzed, it seems like a good time to look at some other exciting Baltic Anomaly-type expeditions coming up over the next year or so.

The Newmac Expedition (June 26, 2012)

The Newmac Expedition consists of five young explorers who plan to search the deepest jungles of the Republic of Congo for…you guessed it…a dinosaur! The expedition has raised almost $30,000 and hopes to discover the source of a mysterious mythological creature named the mokele-mbembe. For decades, eyewitnesses have reported sightings of this odd animal. While most scientists doubt it exists, some cryptozoologists think it could be a sauropod, which resembles a brontosaurus.

The Earhart Project (July 2, 2012)

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished while attempting a circumnavigational flight around the Earth. Their disappearance is one of the most famous mysteries of all time. For more than two decades, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has searched for them, focusing most of its efforts on tiny Gardner Island.

On July 2, 2012, the 75th anniversary of Amelia’s and Fred’s disappearances, TIGHAR will venture back to Gardner Island, hoping to once and for all solve this enduring mystery.

The North Pole Inner Earth Expedition (July 2013)

The Hollow Earth hypothesis proposes the Earth is, well, hollow. Once a fairly serious theory, it has lost almost all credibility in the eyes of mainstream science since the late 1700s.

However, a fervent band of believers still exists. Apparently, they are launching an expedition to the North Pole region in July 2013 to search for an entrance into the Earth’s interior.

“The science is real. The story is more than 5,000 years old. The legend says that at a certain place above the Arctic Circle, there exists an oceanic depression or an entrance into the Earth. It’s a place where the maritime legend claims sea level isn’t level anymore.”

“The discovery that the earth is hollow would forever shatter our long-held beliefs about how planets are formed. More importantly, however, discovering life beneath the earth’s crust could potentially provide us with new tools that would allow life on the surface to regain environmental balance, harmony, and possibly even peace. These prospects make the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition the greatest expedition in the history of the world.” ~ North Pole Inner Earth Expedition Web Site

Unfortunately, we’re a little skeptical of this trip. Scratch that. We’re very skeptical. This trip was scheduled to begin as early as 2009 (here’s a business plan to that effect). Also, we can’t help but notice that the trip is asking for massive donations to the effect of $350,000. So, this could very well be a hoax. But we’re holding out hope.

The Guerrilla Explorer Expedition (201?)

Once upon a time, the entire world thrilled to the exploits of arduous journeys into the unknown. Henry Morton Stanley’s search for Dr. David Livingstone. Sir Edmund Hillary’s venture to the highest peak of Mount Everest. The Race to the North Pole. The Moon Race.

But after generations of explorers and the rise of satellite technology, the world often feels small and lacking in mystery. Mankind has ventured to the four corners of the Earth, the deepest parts of the ocean, and into space. What could possibly be left to explore?

The Ocean X Team’s expedition to the Baltic Anomaly as well as the expeditions listed above hark back to some of those fascinating adventures from days gone by. The truth is there is so much out there still waiting to be discovered. Space remains virtually unexplored. And new discoveries are made everyday across the world. We here at Guerrilla Explorer do our best to showcase as many of them as possible.

We can’t make any official announcements yet. But we’re working on some expedition concepts of our own. So, stay tuned…exciting days are ahead!

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: The Ocean X Team Speaks!

The mystery behind the Baltic Anomaly continues to deepen. Peter Lindberg recently emerged to offer some new information.

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 new expedition, the Ocean X Team discovered the Anomaly primarily consisted of large rocks. The exact nature of those rocks, which we call the Circle, as well as a 985 foot runway leading up to them (the Tracks), remain mysteries.

Two days ago, Lindberg posted a long message to the Team’s Facebook page. He also participated in an impromptu question and answer session. Let’s take a look at some of his points.

On the Baltic Anomaly’s Circle being Natural

“I do belive the surface of the circle is made of mineral.”

“…if I must bet my money on something I would go for the possibility that the circle is of pre-ice age – age.”

“99% a natural formation, unique in its kind though, and also that we have found an area in the Baltic with volcanic activity. And the last percent? Well 0.9 % that it is remains from an ancient civilisation and 0.1 % that some aliens took an asteroid and made a space craft out of it. As someone asked me: Who have decided that an alien space craft must be made of somekind of metall…?”

Our Take: All along, we suspected this was a natural formation. We also speculated a few days ago the circle of rocks positioned on top of the Circle might be a moraine. In other words, as the ice retreated, the rocks slid down a cone of ice to form a circular shape. Lindberg himself referred to this exact possibility during one of his answers so it certainly seems feasible. However, that presents a slight problem because it means the Circle had to actually survive the ice age (or at least be formed by it).

On the Baltic Anomaly’s Circle being Artificial

“As you understand it is very much in this that points toward this not being just a “stone formation”. The cracks seams not to be irregular, they seams to go vertically or horizontally. Behind them you can see a blackish collored mineral(?) with the structure of old wooden planks.”

“I do belive that the very strait lines and angular formations we can see on the side scan sonar image from last year really excists. The odd thing is that I thought, before this expedition that when we could get close these shapes maybe should appear not being so straight as on the side scan sonar image, in reality they are even straighter! It really looks like constructed parts on the circle.”

“The lines can be made by natural causes, but they looks very ‘man made.'”

Our Take: Many rocks, particularly those of a crystalline nature, contain relatively straight lines. So, that could explain it. The jury is still out on the blackish colored mineral, but we suspect it could be sulfur for reasons we’ll get to in a minute.

On the structure of the Baltic Anomaly

“I do belive that the circle “rests” on top of what looks like an pilar of rock, raising approx 8 meters above the surrounding bottom. The circle it self appears to be approx 4 meters thick. In other words, the top of the circle raises 12 meters above the surrounding bottom.”

“The pillar is thicker than on Pauls artistic drawing, the circle might be like 1-4 meters wider than the pillar.”

“I do belive that the path, or the track, is a ridge raising slowly up from the bottom to a hight of approx 8 meters above the surrounding bottom. I also belive that the ridge is made of softer material than the pilar and the circle.”

Our Take: This, along with this echo sounding image, help to clear up the pillar mystery. The Circle is 60 meters in diameter, which gives the pillar a diameter of 56 to 59 meters.

On that Odd Hole on the Baltic Anomaly

“What I do not belive because I know, is the fact that we found a round hole approx 25 cm in diamater going straight into the surface of the circle, how odd is not that? How deep? No idea, we just saw it for some seconds before we decided to back off to preserv the visibility for the divers that was going down later on. They did not find the hole though. It might be some more holes, at this moment we do not know.”

“We have no idea how the hole was created, it is very round though…”

Our Take: On a side note, this hole was previously described as “egg shaped.” Regardless, its existence might go along with our hydrothermal vent theory (see the next entry). Perhaps this hole was once a vent for hot water and dissolved minerals.

On Our Black Smoker Theory

“I do belive it might have been volcanic activity in the area and even on (or in) the circle after the ice age, or before, but then it do not fit with what we know about the ice age.”

“The strange about the cloud is that it looked like a very distinct “plume” of something that catched the echo sounder beams so hard that it looked like a big rock hoovering in midwater, above the “volcano”. I think we might have found something which is active in the way of like a “black smooker” or that maybe heated water is jetting out under high pressure. But this was not in the area of the circle, this volcano was found many miles away. We will certanly go back and try to find out if the “plume” just was a very densed shool of fish or something else.”

Our Take: We’ve speculated for awhile now that the Circle might’ve been created by now-extinguished hydrothermal vents, or black smokers. The biggest drawback to that theory has always been the lack of volcanic activity in the Baltic Sea. However, a hydrothermal vent doesn’t necessarily require a volcanically active location. They generally occur when seawater works its way beneath the Earth’s crust near subduction zones (subduction zones are places where two tectonic plates converge with each other). The seawater is heated by the steaming hot magma and spews back out into the sea along with dissolved minerals via fissures. These materials eventually cool and harden in the water.

On Magnetic Disturbances & Other Strange Phenomena

“The divers said that a “blackish” powder had attract to the camera, I did not see it my self though. An other thing is that we could not use the satelite phone when we where laying above the circle, but just some tenth of meters off postion the phone worked. i do not know why but it is a fact. Further more, the video camera’s lights blow when the diver started them up on the surface when testing them before dive # 2. They decided anyway to bring the video camera with them and try to use their ordinary lights to iluminate for the video. When they decended the video camera started to showing an “error” message on the small monitor. The diver restarted the camera several times and finnaly it seamed to work. So he filmed their dive but nothing was on the tape when waching it afterwards. The only problem we had with the ROV was that we constantly had to restart the sonar. Finally it did not work and we continued with just the video camera. When we left the circle we went to a wreck and spent like 35 hour of ROV flying on the wreck and the sonar worked all the time. Magnetic disturbances, well you tell me!”

“Someone asked about what temperature we had down there. Well the divers thermometer showed -1 degree Celsius when they were on top of the circle, it should be +4 degree Celsius. The thermometer may have showing a wronly value of course.”

Our Take: We don’t really know what to make of this information. It could be coincidence. Or maybe there’s something else going on here…

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

We appreciate Lindberg taking the time to discuss the Baltic Anomaly in greater detail. He seemed genuinely stumped by what he and the Ocean X Team have found. A couple of extinguished hydrothermal vents still remain our best guess. However, we freely admit it could be anything, especially after Peter’s comment about the Anomaly possibly preceding the Ice Age. Perhaps it’s a glacial erratic of some sort. From what we understand, the Ocean X Team plans to release new photos soon. The samples from the site are still being analyzed. And perhaps the biggest news is that the Team plans to take another expedition to the Anomaly in about three weeks. So, there should be lots of new information soon. Stay tuned!

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: The Nazi Connection?

The investigation of the Baltic Anomaly is ongoing and many questions remain. But a new theory recently emerged. Was the Baltic Anomaly caused by Nazi troops?

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, which we call the Circle, as well as a 985 foot runway leading up to them (the Tracks), remain mysteries.

Is the Baltic Anomaly a Nazi Artifact?

Expressen, one of Sweden’s two nationwide evening tabloid newspapers, conducted the first official interview with the Ocean X Team. Now, Expressen is back with a new theory on the subject…they interviewed a former submarine officer named Anders Autellus on the subject and he speculated the Baltic Anomaly is actually a product of the Nazi war effort.

During the early 1940s, Nazi forces controlled the Baltic Sea. But Soviet submarines were still able to sneak into it via the Gulf of Finland. After destroying just one ship in 1941, the Soviets began to pick up the pace, knocking over more than 20 ships in 1942. In March 1943, the Nazis retaliated by placing a 30 nautical mile long anti-submarine net across the Gulf of Finland. They used two layers of steel mesh. This did the trick, at least for the next eighteen months.

It appears Autellus thinks the Circle might actually be an old anchor for one of these nets. The actual net was either removed or perhaps, rusted away since that time. The strange “egg shaped” hole found on the Circle could be an old attachment for the net. According to Ocean X Team diver Stefan Hogeborn, the theory is plausible since the Circle appears to be “cast in layers.” Also, the net could’ve caused the Tracks. For example, it might’ve dragged along the seabed at one point. Or it might’ve just sank and spread out.

Does the Nazi Theory Hold Water?

It’s a neat, tidy theory. But it’s also got holes. Lots of them. Peter Lindberg himself, in a long interview conducted on the Ocean X Team’s Facebook page last night, claimed he was 99% certain the Circle was a natural formation. Also, the anti-submarine anchor theory doesn’t explain the blackened interior of the Circle. Nor does it explain the lack of silt in the area.

But that’s not the worst criticism. Check out this video to see Nazi soldiers laying a submarine net in the Gulf of Finland. I assume Autellus believes the Circle is one of the circular anchors used in the film (see 0:33). Well, the anchors are circular alright. They’re also tiny. By point of reference, the Ocean X Team’s Circle is 200 feet in diameter.

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

It’s possible Autellus is thinking of some other type of anchor. But to be honest, a 200 foot diameter anchor would be gigantic. An anchor that size doesn’t make sense.For now, we’re sticking with our original theory. We continue to think one or more extinguished hydrothermal vents created the Baltic Anomaly. When hot water was expelled from these black smokers, it caused dissolved minerals to be driven outward. These materials eventually cooled and hardened in the water, forming the strange Circle-shaped 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?

Bolstering this theory is the presence of what appears to be an active hydrothermal vent several miles from the Circle.

“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.‘” ~ David Meyer, The Baltic Anomaly: Is it a Black Smoker?

Here’s how Peter described it during last night’s interview.

“The strange about the cloud is that it looked like a very distinct ‘plume’ of something that catched the echo sounder beams so hard that it looked like a big rock hoovering in midwater, above the “volcano”. I think we might have found something which is active in the way of like a “black smooker” or that maybe heated water is jetting out under high pressure. But this was not in the area of the circle, this volcano was found many miles away. We will certanly go back and try to find out if the “plume” just was a very densed shool of fish or something else.”

The biggest drawback to our hydrothermal vent theory has always been the lack of volcanic activity in the Baltic Sea. However, a hydrothermal vent doesn’t necessarily require a volcanically active location. They generally occur when seawater works its way beneath the Earth’s crust near subduction zones (subduction zones are places where two tectonic plates converge with each other). The seawater is heated by the steaming hot magma and spews back out into the sea through fissures.

Well, that’s it for now. Tomorrow, we’ll take a closer look at Peter’s interview. He provided some new information on the Anomaly and offered some fascinating insights as well. Come back tomorrow to check it out!

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: That Mysterious Pillar?

The investigation of the Baltic Anomaly is ongoing and many questions remain. Now, we have another one to consider. What is that mysterious pillar?

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 remains a mystery.

Peter Lindberg’s Interview on the Baltic Anomaly

Recently, Peter Lindberg gave an interview to Fox News. In it, he revealed several interesting pieces of information. First, he described the Baltic Anomaly as a “natural, geological formation.” Second, the giant Circle stone is “the kind divers see in keys and harbors.” Third, there was no silt on the Circle. Fourth, the Circle has some straight lines and “appears to have construction lines and boxes drawn on it.” Fifth, the Circle, which is 200 feet in diameter, is supported by an 8 meter (26 foot) high pillar. And sixth, the Circle has “cracks” on its surface which contain “black material.”

The third point is interesting. According to the Ocean X Team’s June 15th press release, the Circle was covered by “something resembling soot.” We’ve got our suspicions about its composition (sulfide-based minerals) but at least we know it wasn’t silt. Anyway, we’ll get back to this lack of silt in a moment.

We need more details before we can get excited about the fourth point. How many total lines are there? How many of them are “straight?” And how straight are they? Many rocks, particularly those of a crystalline nature, contain relatively straight lines.

The Mysterious Pillar?

The fifth point is most intriguing to us. However, it’s also confusing. The Ocean X Team described the Circle as “a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed.” So, where does the 8 meter (26 foot) pillar fit? This could be a mistake in the article…perhaps the pillar is only 8 feet tall. Or perhaps the pillar extends underground in some fashion. Either way, we’d like to know more about its shape and measurements.

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

The sixth point fits in with our overall thesis. 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 Circle-shaped 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?

The “cracks” could be former fissures that once vented super-hot water and dissolved minerals into the Baltic Sea. The black material could be part of a volcanogenic massive sulfide ore deposit. Also, the lack of silt might be due to a general lack of silt in the area. It’s possible the whole area is covered by sulfide-based minerals. The pillar is difficult to understand with the limited information, but we suppose it could be the original black smoker. Black smokers tend to at least start out as chimney shapes. Now, before we wrap this up, there’s one more thing to consider. Peter Lindberg gave a rather bizarre quote to Fox News. Check it out.

“If an intelligent life form has built a spaceship, there’s the question of ‘why not make it out of stone or coral.'” ~ Peter Lindberg, Fox News Interview

This appears to be a misunderstanding. As we noted in our first point, Lindberg has expressed his belief that the Circle is a “natural, geological formation.” Overall, the lack of solid information as well as the language barriers have constituted difficult obstacles to covering this story.The Ocean X Team has sent its samples away for analysis. We still don’t expect this mystery to be solved anytime soon. The Ocean X Team has strong incentives to keep it a mystery. The mystery is what will sell Titan Television’s documentary on the subject. It will also help the Team market its submarine tours back and forth to the Anomaly. And most importantly, a sulfide deposit is of little use to them.

“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

But despite all that, we’re eagerly awaiting further information. The Baltic Anomaly has been a fascinating story so far. We can only hope it gets better from here.

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: Is it a Black Smoker?

The investigation of the Baltic Anomaly is ongoing and many questions remain. But based on some new information, it appears our theory is gaining credence. Is the Baltic Anomaly a black smoker?

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.

The “Volcano”

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

The Baltic Anomaly: The Bigger Picture?

The investigation of the Baltic Anomaly is ongoing and many questions remain. This seems like a good time to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.

Background on the Baltic Anomaly

On June 19, 2011, the Ocean X Team used side-scan sonar to “photograph” a strange 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.

This story has been about the details. So, we’d like to look at some of the larger issues surrounding the Baltic Anomaly today.

The Limitations of Side-Scan Sonar

The initial “photographs” produced by the Ocean X Team were actually side-scan sonar images. Side-scan sonar works by transmitting acoustic pulses toward the seabed. The seabed, as well as other objects, then reflect those pulses back to the transducer. The pulses are merged together to form an ongoing “picture” of the seabed. Side-scan sonar can create compelling pictures but it’s far from perfect.

“Perhaps even more problematic are the limitations of side-scanning sonar. Even shipwrecks, with their hard edges and solid structures, are difficult to discern from the natural underwater landscape.” ~ David Meyer, The Hunt for Bin Laden’s Corpse

The opposite is true as well. Natural landscape can sometimes be mistaken for solid structures. There are a number of reasons for this. Waves can impact sonar images. Changes in the seabed as well as its composition have a similar effect. And deeper waters require lower frequencies, which hampers resolution.

The initial side-scan sonar photographs of the Baltic Anomaly showed four separate features: the Circle, the Window, the Tracks, and the Rock. The image of the Circle turned out to be fairly accurate (see picture above). Initially, this image caused us to think it was just 60 feet in diameter, compared to the original estimate of 200 feet. However, further examination of the piece from Expressen.se indicates it is indeed 60 meters in diameter, or roughly 200 feet. The Tracks were initially described as 4,000 to 5,000 feet long and consisting of sea floor pushed into long ridges. After investigation, the Tracks turned out to be just 985 feet long and more like a downhill runway. We’ve heard nothing about the Window or the Rock, which leads us to think they might’ve just been sonar distortions.

The Role of Skepticism

As many of you know, we’ve been the lead skeptic of the Baltic Anomaly. Between the vague and highly charged updates, the involvement of Titan Television, and dark hints at “military intervention,” we couldn’t help but wonder if this was a hoax to drum up publicity for the eventual documentary. And although our theory of “military intervention” never came to pass, it appears we were right about the publicity angle.

The Ocean X Team has a large monetary incentive to keep things interesting, especially among the UFO enthusiasts. Thus, it should be no surprise they issued numerous statements of a conspiratorial nature.

“Everything is top secret now … because of the risks … hope you all understand this is no game. But the truth will be reported shortly.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, Ocean X Team, June 10, 2012

In retrospect, that statement seems a bit ridiculous, especially since it was made after the Ocean X Team discovered the Anomaly consisted of rocks.

Many people, especially true believers, find skepticism frustrating. However, we think it’s extremely important. Skepticism isn’t about rejecting other people’s beliefs. It’s about suspending judgement until claims can be properly tested and verified. Just because we’re skeptical of the Baltic Anomaly being anything more than a natural formation doesn’t mean we reject it out of hand. Indeed, we believe keeping an open mind is important.

“But while I’m extremely skeptical of Bigfoot, I certainly don’t reject the possibility of its existence. One of the things that frustrates me about modern science is the built-in disdain many researchers hold for fields like cryptozoology. Regardless of our opinions, we must continue to evaluate any and all scientific claims with an open mind…even if its about the legendary Sasquatch. After all, that’s what science is all about.” ~ David Meyer, Bigfoot Lives…!

Happy Endings?

Real life doesn’t always offer happy endings. The Baltic Anomaly was a blockbuster story…at least until the rather disappointing ending. Many people hoped the Ocean X Team would find a UFO, a sunken city, or at the very least, a shipwreck. Compared to those things, a curious rock formation just can’t compare. Now, many people, especially UFO enthusiasts, are holding out hope for something else beneath the rocks. However, the likelihood of that being the case is beyond small.

Unsolved Mysteries?

We research a lot of mysteries and strange phenomena here at Guerrilla Explorer. Many of the stories we cover are open-ended and likely to remain that way. The Baltic Anomaly falls into this category. Not because it can’t be solved but because it wouldn’t make sense to do so.

“…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?

The Importance of Adventure

This has been an exciting adventure. We’ll talk more about this during the week. But suffice it to say, stories of fantastic expeditions into the unknown are all too rare these days. So, thanks to the Ocean X Team for injecting a little adventure into a world that often seems devoid of it.

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

The Baltic Anomaly: What is Going on Here?

The investigation of the Baltic Anomaly is largely complete and the story has come to an end. Or has it?

Background on the Baltic Anomaly

As a reminder, on June 19, 2011, the Ocean X Team used side-scan sonar to “photograph” a strange 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 Team discovered the Anomaly primarily consisted of large rocks.

The Baltic Anomaly Story isn’t Over Yet

However, the Ocean X Team has managed to keep the story alive, mostly by invoking the unknown. Check out these recent quotes from Dennis Åsberg, co-founder of the Ocean X Team.

“This experience is like a dream, it’s something very strange we’ve found. and this is only the beginning of something very very big, we will return to the site shortly .. but now I’m home and processing all the data we have … We have also provided the data to the researchers …. To be continued.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, June 16, 2012

“it is very difficult to answer all the questions I get … but one thing is sure … I will do all that necessary to get all the facts …. we are 100% that we’ve found something [very strang] and we work with all the facts now, but we will return to the object to collect more samples and more. — this is just the beginning … more facts is coming soon.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, June 16, 2012

“We have no answer to what we have found yet. it has become more and more strange now than before.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, June 17, 2012

We have some new information to kick around as well. For example, the Baltic Anomaly is not highly radioactive.

“There are no high levels of radioactive materials.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, June 17, 2012

After its initial side-scan sonar of the area, the Ocean X Team reported six times normal radiation levels on its anchors. While far from lethal, this was still an unusual find and contributed to our theory of an extinguished hydrothermal vent. Unfortunately, Dennis’s wording is vague so it’s impossible to tell if the area has any excess radiation or if the levels are completely normal.

Dennis also provided a little more information on the Baltic Anomaly’s main feature…the Circle.

“there is much that is strange … We have one or more holes in the object … We also have 90 degree angles …. we have not been able to take some samples because of its hardness … but many samples are taken … I as a person am very surprised.” ~ Dennis Åsberg, June 16, 2012

The hole is “egg shaped” and measures 6-10 inches in diameter. The depth of the hole is unknown. However, there are any number of natural processes which could cause such a hole. Also, the Circle consists of smaller stone boulders, measuring 8 feet wide and 26 feet long. The stones are separated by channels. With so much surface area, the discovery of “90 degree angles” isn’t all that surprising.

Strange Phenomena surrounding the Baltic Anomaly?

Perhaps the most intriguing news comes from a new article at Expressen.se. A diver from the Ocean X Team, Stefan Hogeborn, discussed some of the strange phenomena he experienced while near the Baltic Anomaly. The translation is awkward, but from what we can gather, the Team’s satellite phone failed for a little while. He speculates that a “magnetic field” might have interfered with it and notes that the phone worked fine once they’d left the area.

He experienced other equipment failures as well. His dive lamp broke. His DV camera stopped working. After restarting it, he proceeded to film the “object.” But after resurfacing, he discovered the tape was blank.

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

So, what conclusions can we draw from all this? First, publicity continues to play a major role in this story. When the Baltic Anomaly was revealed to be nothing more than some rocks, many spectators (especially UFO enthusiasts) lost interest. However, recent posts from Dennis as well as this supposed “magnetic field” have managed to recapture some of that lost interest.

Second, the Team is working hard to turn this publicity into cash. We’ve already talked extensively about the Team’s documentary with Titan Television. Now, another angle is starting to emerge…tourism. The Ocean X Team has created a submarine with the help of Silvercrest Submarines. They plan to use this sub to take wealthy tourists down to the bottom of the Baltic Sea in order to view the Anomaly close-up.

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.

Like the Ocean X Team, we here at Guerrilla Explorer are treasure hunters. So, we recognize the tremendous value of unsolved mysteries. The yearning to solve them creates enormous profit potential. Thus, we expect the Ocean X Team to do everything in its power to keep the Baltic Anomaly exactly what it is…an unsolved mystery.

 

Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly