According to professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, a member of the Ocean X team exploring the object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the team's cameras and satellite phone stop working when directly above the object but start working again after they have sailed away.
reports Hogerborn is quoted as saying: "Anything electric out there - and the satellite phone as well - stopped working when we were above the object. 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."
reports diver and treasure hunter Peter Lindberg, said: "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."
According to NTDTV
, the shipboard dive computer allegedly first recorded the temperature at the level of the "UFO" at minus one degree, which was not possible as the water was not frozen.
reports that Dennis Asberg, a member of the team, said: "I am one hundred percent convinced and confident that we have found something that is very, very, very unique. Then if it is a meteorite or an asteroid, or a volcano, or a base from, say, a U-boat from the Cold War which has manufactured and placed there - or if it is a UFO... Well honestly it has to be something."
The object was found in May last year but it was not possible to put together a team to investigate because of lack of funding and timing.
Following announcement of the find, speculations have flourished about what the object could be, from a "plug to the inner world," to the "Millennium Falcon ship" from Star Wars, Lindberg says.
But skeptics have been questioning the accuracy of the sonar equipment, pointing out that sonar technology sometimes confuses rock formations with foreign objects. Many also believe that there is a distinct possibility that the object is an old shipwreck. According to Daily Mail
, an estimated 100,000 objects are believed to line the Baltic Sea's floor.
Other critics are saying that the divers may be deliberately playing to "deepen the mystery." Such critics point to the report that Lindberg is hoping to take wealthy tourists down to see the object.
reports that the Swedish expedition described it as "Covered in soot, with little 'fireplace'-like structures and lying at the end of a 300-meter 'runway.'" According to The Huffington Post
, the Ocean X team, in a news release
on Friday, said at first they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but further observations revealed that the object "appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and edges."
reports that the mysterious object rises three to four meters above the seabed and is about 60 meters in diameter. According to members of the expedition, it is round with rugged edges and concave sides resembling a "huge mushroom" or as Star Wars fans prefer, the Millennium Falcon spaceship.
Lindberg, in a press release at OceanExplorer.se
, said: “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 [could be] made by nature, but this is the strangest thing I have ever experienced as a professional diver.”
reports that an observation of the team that has caused fascination is the 300-meter-long "trail" members of the team described as a “runway or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it.”
The description suggests that whatever the object is, it skidded along the "trail" before resting at its final position.
According to The Huffington Post
, Hogeborn said, "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."
The divers used a sledgehammer to obtain samples of the material. Hogeborn said: "Since we did not get any answers to the questions we asked ourselves, we have brought this to the experts who may be looking at the pieces we brought up."
UFO or USO?
The Huffington Post
raises a question about the mysterious object: "Isn't it also about time that we all agree to refer to the anomaly as a USO, instead of UFO? USO, as in Unidentified Submerged Object. Because, in reality, nobody knows if this thing was ever in the air, flying, right?"
reports that in two weeks, the Ocean X Team will return to the site in order to carry out further tests. At the next expedition, a specialist geologist would be on board.