In June last year, Swedish treasure hunters found a bizarre, disk-like object 90 meters under the Baltic Sea. Speculation is that this is a UFO and a return expedition is now ongoing.
On June 19, 2011, Swedish treasure hunters were exploring the bottom of the Baltic Sea with their sonars, when they noticed a bizarre structure at a depth of 90 meters. International experts have failed to explain these sonar images.
The team describe the object as being covered in soot, with small "fireplace"-like structures, lying at the end of a 300-meter "runway". The object is huge, and rises three or four meters above the seabed and is approximately 60 meters in diameter.
They describe the object is as something round, with rugged edges and concave sides and say that it resembles a "huge mushroom". The center of the object has an "egg-shaped hole" leading inside and surrounding this hole are the odd circular rock formations which look almost "like small fireplaces", with stones covered in "something resembling soot."
The crew also observed a 300-meter-long “trail” that they described as a “runway or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it.”
Now in 2012, after months of preparation, the Ocean X team are returning to try and unveil this mystery. The team is apparently backed by a "secret sponsor" and are hoping to identify the object. According to the team's website, "The expedition started Friday (June) 1st from Norrtälje harbor when Ocean X-Team took their crew out for this exciting adventure trying to find out what the mysterious disk-shaped object is. Unfortunately the weather conditions have been really bad the last days, but now they are on a roll."
NTD Television reports that the team will use equipment to conduct three-dimensional sea floor mapping, and sea floor penetrating equipment. Team member Peter Lindberg explains, "We have divers, we have robot, sophisticated sonar, we will take bottom samples, we will measure for radiation and we will also bring tests with us so we can leave it to a lab."
One of the Ocean X Team divers, Stefan Hogeborn, says, “During my 20-year diving career, including 6000 dives, I have never seen anything like this. Normally stones don’t burn. I can’t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions.“
Lindberg, told the Daily Mail, “We've heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas's spaceship – the Millennium Falcon – to ‘It's some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something,”
In a press release, Lindberg told OceanExplorer.se, ““First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else. And since no volcanic activity has ever been reported in the Baltic Sea the find becomes even stranger. As laymen we can only speculate how this is made by nature, but this is the strangest thing I have ever experienced as a professional diver.”
The group has passed samples of the object to scientists for further examination and other experts are studying the sonar images and processing the rest of the data obtained by the group of treasure hunters.
They do state, though, that sonar-based imagery can be confusing, and natural rock formations have often been taken to be foreign objects.
We will just have to wait and see the results of the tests, to find out what this strange object actually is. The current expedition is expected to last for six to ten days.