The Baltic Anomaly?

Last summer, Ocean Explorer used side-scan sonar to “photograph” something strange deep in the Baltic Sea, approximately 260 feet beneath the surface. Is it a natural rock formation? Or something else entirely?


The object in question is about 200 feet in diameter, with a tail stretching over 1,300 feet across the sea floor. And no one knows for sure what it is. Opinions range from the plausible (a natural rock formation) to the wild (an Unidentified Submerged Object, or a USO).

Yesterday, a team of researchers led by Peter Lindberg and Dennis Asberg converged on the mysterious object. They plan to study it for 6-10 days.

“We’ll be searching the area in a number of ways. We’ll use sonar to make 3D images of the bottom, the clay bottom, of that part of the sea. We’ll send down deep-sea divers too. And a camera robot. We’ll also take samples from the sea bed and measure them for toxicities and radiation.” ~ Peter Lindberg

Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis

So, what is this thing? Some of the more realistic suggestions include: crash debris from a meteor, a natural gas well, or a shipwreck. Perhaps the most likely option is that it’s nothing at all.

“Side-scan sonar is not a photograph and it can create false echoes, so it’s not crystal clear what exactly it is that you’re recording. The object that we’re talking about is basically flush with the ocean floor, and side-scan sonar is much less reliable for things like that.” ~ Benjamin Radford, Deputy Editor, Skeptical Inquirer magazine

So, the jury is still out…at least for now. But we should have an answer in a couple of days. Stay tuned!


Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly

A Lost Shipwreck…or a Lost UFO?

A few months ago, Ocean Explorer used side-scan sonar to “photograph” something strange deep in the Baltic Sea, approximately 260 feet beneath the surface.


It’s a circular UFO-like object (or to be accurate, I guess a USO), about 200 feet in diameter, with a tail stretching over 1,300 feet across the sea floor. While some experts believe it’s nothing more than a natural rock formation, many others are extremely curious about it. Ocean Explorer hopes to get a closer look at it in 2012 and is seeking funding to do so. Until then, here’s a good update on the story from CNN:

Deep down on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Swedish treasure hunters think they have made the find of a lifetime.

The problem is, they’re not exactly sure what it is they’ve uncovered.

Out searching for shipwrecks at a secret location between Sweden and Finland, the deep-sea salvage company Ocean Explorer captured an incredible image more than 80 meters below the water’s surface.

At first glance, team leader and commercial diver Peter Lindberg joked that his crew had just discovered an unidentified flying object, or UFO.

“I have been doing this for nearly 20 years so I have a seen a few objects on the bottom, but nothing like this,” said Lindberg.

(See the rest at CNN)


Guerrilla Explorer’s Coverage of the Baltic Anomaly