Is the Baltic Sea 'Sunken UFO' a Scam?
The huge object on the Baltic Sea's floor is giving off electrical interference that keeps foiling an investigation.
There is still only one sonar image in existence of the 200-foot-wide (60-meter-wide) object.
According to experts that image is lacking in resolution.
Experts think the image is probably a roughly circular rock formation called a pillow basalt.
The ocean explorers who discovered a huge, UFO-shape object on the floor of the Baltic Sea last year are having a heck of a time figuring out what it is.
A suspiciously hard time, some would say.
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The Swedish divers, who call themselves the Ocean X Team, claim the object is giving off electrical interference that keeps foiling their attempts to investigate it. "Anything electric out there — and the satellite phone as well — stopped working when we were above the object," said diver Stefan Hoberborn in an Ocean X press release. "And then we got away about 200 meters and it turned on again, and when we got back over the object it didn't work."
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As a result, there is still only one sonar image in existence of the 200-foot-wide (60-meter-wide) object, which UFO believers say is a crashed flying saucer. According to experts in remote imaging and geology, however, that image is "lacking in resolution, detail, and quantification," is riddled with "numerous processing artifacts" and looks like a spaceship only because the Ocean X team drew a Millennium Falcon-shape outline around it. Instead, the experts said, what the image shows is probably a roughly circular rock formation called a pillow basalt — rare, but very much of this world. [Gallery: Images of 'Sunken UFO']
The alleged inability of the Ocean X team to provide more details of its seafloor "UFO" is only adding to the object's allure, judging by the upsurge of media coverage. But is the whole thing a scam?
Peter Lindberg, head of the Ocean X Team, either has let his imagination run wild or has an ulterior motive, according to Jonathon Hill, a researcher at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, who analyzes images of planetary surface features taken during NASA's Mars missions.
"Whenever people make extraordinary claims, it's always a good idea to consider for a moment whether they are personally benefiting from the claim or if it's a truly objective observation," Hill told Life's Little Mysteries.
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"In this case, the team clearly has a lot to gain from an extraordinary claim," he said. "Mr. Lindberg is already making plans to take 'wealthy tourists' down in his submarine to view the object. If he had used a rock hammer to break off a small piece of the object, a geologist could have determined whether it was a pillow basalt in a few minutes. But if it turned out to be a pillow basalt and not a 'mysterious UFO-like object', Mr. Lindberg wouldn't have much of a business plan, would he?"
is the last stament actually true ?
and there is also this interesting article:
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?
Here's our quick background on the story. 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.
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." Here is a screenshot of his profile.
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...
look at the picture it really looks like Dennis Åsberg