Baltic Sea Explorer Update
Update on the Mystery in the Baltic Sea, Dennis Asberg (Project Coordinator) gives an update and tells how you can follow the progress of the Explorer Team! For a link to follow, Dennis and Peter Lindberg Click Here.
Mystery in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden
DRAGGED FORWARD? Next to the circle is a 300 meter long slide track - as if the circle has traveled across the seabed before it has settled.
Photo: PETER LINDBERG
translated from Swedish to English
An algal bloom? A mine? A UFO?
No one knows.
But it is clear that Swedish treasure hunters found a giant circle on the Baltic seabed.
The bay was a mirror in the morning on June 19. Six of the nine crew members aboard the fishing vessel "Lake" were still asleep in their bunks. Barely awake the remaining three sat, staring at the screen that shows what is hidden on the seabed.
The group called Ocean Explorers and call themselves treasure hunters. Their mission is to comb the Baltic Sea wrecks containing alcohol which can then be sold at auction. In 1997, leader Peter Lindberg found the wreck Jonkoping in the Åland archipelago. On board were champagne that has subsequently been sold for millions of dollars.
But this morning they found something quite different.
"Something solid down there"
At 87 meters down, between Sweden and Finland, they saw a large circle, about 60 feet in diameter.
You see a lot of weird stuff in this profession, but during my 17-18 years as a professional treasure hunter I have never seen anything like this. The shape is completely round, makes this unique, said Peter Lindberg.
Next to the circle is a 300 meter long slide track - as if the circle has traveled across the seabed before it has settled.
Germans have been there, the Russians have been there, have they dumped a huge, yes, it is conceivable, said Dennis Åsberg one involved in the expedition.
What would it have been?
I have no idea. All I know is that I've never seen anything down there that is solid - stone, concrete or steel - and that is completely round.
Too early to determine
They rule out theories that there is a depth bomb or mine from the First World War - or a symmetrical blooms.
It is something we have never seen before, this is not soft, says Peter Lindberg.
Andreas Olsson, marine archaeologist at the National Maritime Museums, has seen pictures of the circle and say it is too early to determine what it is:
The most likely scenario is still that there is a natural ground formation.
TREASURE HUNTING group Ocean Explorers call themselves treasure hunters,
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