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Experts baffled after first dive to Baltic 'shipwreck'

Clara Guibourg · 17 Jun 2012, 14:43

Published: 17 Jun 2012 14:43 GMT+02:00

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'I can’t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions," said Stefan Hogeborn in a statement.

Hogeborn is one of the divers from Ocean X Team, which examined the object on the Baltic sea bed earlier this month.

The strange object, often likened to the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars due to its unusual shape, was discovered in June 2011 by divers using sonar equipment in search of interesting shipwrecks.

What they discovered instead was a large, round formation, and a mystery to boot.

No one has yet been able to explain how the object got there, and several international news stations, including CNN, reported on the bizarre find.

Because of lack of funding, the object has remained unexamined until the present day.

The Swedish expedition Ocean X Team made the 85-metre dive in hopes of debunking the many theories that surround the mysterious formation.

What they discovered only provides further mystery: 60 metres across, the object has rounded sides and rugged edges.

A trail over 300 metres long leads up to the object, and divers have described the stretch as a “runway” of some sort, which may indicate that the object skidded before stopping.

The mystery object is raised several metres above the seabed, with sides that curve in, in the shape of a mushroom.

“First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else,” said diver Peter Lundberg in a statement.

At the object’s centre was an egg-shaped hole, surrounded by strange rock formations they describe as similar to “small fireplaces” covered in something bearing likeness to soot.

“Since no volcanic activity has ever been reported in the Baltic Sea the find becomes even stranger,” said Lindberg.

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Swedish newspaper Expressen showed footage from the dive to Martin Jakobsson, professor of marine geology and geophysics at Stockholm University.

“It’s probably some sort of sandstone, from what I can tell from seeing the structure,” he said.

Samples from the find have now been sent for analysis.

Meanwhile, the Ocean X Team is hopeful that their mysterious discovery will interest tourists, UFO hunters or shipwreck divers willing to pay for a submarine trip to see the site for themselves.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

16:05 June 17, 2012 by JoeSnow
A "sandstone formation" still does not account for the "runway"
20:34 June 17, 2012 by VicTaulic
I would like to take a submarine to see this thingie-whatever.
20:40 June 17, 2012 by Imperor
I would like to see some serious people of the right education and knowledge to take a submarine to see this thingie-whatever. ;-)
23:17 June 17, 2012 by David S
@JoeSnow, the "runway" could be a result of currents passing over the object(s).
00:53 June 18, 2012 by Exiled
Space junk.
08:38 June 18, 2012 by jostein
Ocean X Team captures a lot of footage looking for wrecks. Maybe they thought an unusual stone could generate some extra business?
08:49 June 18, 2012 by fakeempire
It's a trap!
10:24 June 18, 2012 by deejayceeuk
@ David S....300 metres of runway from currents passing over the object? Really?

How come it hasnt eroded if its sandstone? Surely after 100-1000 years this thing would have eroded? Its either a man-made hoax to get people to commit money or its another un-explained man-made sculpture.
11:12 June 18, 2012 by David S
It's quite possible the sandstone *has* eroded greatly over the years. Just because it hasn't eroded away doesn't mean it isn't eroding.

We still don't know enough and Ocean X are continuing to be sufficiently vague, most likely to encourage further funding.
14:13 June 18, 2012 by VicTaulic
It's a trap door!...........to a godless underwater hell.
14:35 June 18, 2012 by John.Smith
Could just be sandstone that got caught in a trawler net and thus dragged the 300 meters. Alternatively it could be aliens and in which case the SD party will not be too happy about illegal aliens in the country.
20:55 June 21, 2012 by tadchem
A volcanic pipe, sheared off by a glacier, then inundated when the Ice Age ended and the seas rose about 14,000 years ago. Kimberlite is always found in such formations. There may be diamonds in that rock.
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