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Is the Baltic Sea 'Sunken UFO' an Elaborate Scam?

Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer Date: 29 June 2012 Time: 01:40 AM ET FOLLOW US
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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."

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 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 sai what the image shows is probably a roughly circular rock formatio called a pillow basalt rare, but very much of this world. [Gallery Images of 'Sunken UFO']

Sonar image of the Baltic Sea "UFO" and adjacent "track" of cleared material. White outlines added by the Ocean X Team.
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The alleged inability of the Ocean X team to provide more details o 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.

"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 th 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?"

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You know it's something when the government is already trying to mislead the public by accusing these guys of a "scam" Reply 4 Like Yesterday at 4:25am Blake Mullins Top Commenter

So, let me get this straight. The "government" is CLEARLY covering something up according to you, but this crazy douche who is trying to make money by taking rich people down this is somehow trustworthy? All i have to say is: Never trust the opinion of a guy taking topless mirror pictures of himself Reply 3 Like 19 hours ago Top Commenter

Harry McNicholas

Blake. Love your commment. Reply Like 19 hours ago Michael Ganey Sinclair Community College Hey Natalie Wolchover have you been there to check if these folks are telling it like it is or have some one you know been there to check, no! Your the same as the people who told all of us Montana farmers that back in the 1970 that ball lighting was us trying to scam somebody! How did the scientist change their mind, they set up a tent facility and guess what Ball Lighting struck and destroyed everything! Hmmm, guess you need to be hit in the head like they did to try and really check out your facts before you run your mouth! Reply 1 Like 23 hours ago Top Commenter

Harry McNicholas

Looks like a scam to me. Already set to take wealthy people to see it. Of course there will be a small charge. Why not take some independent geologists to see it? Let's see they are taking subs to see it so that electro magnetic problem does not seem to be so big a problem. People are saps. Reply 1 Like Yesterday at 5:47am Top Commenter

Alexander Smith Reply

right because of course rocks disable electrical equipment. 1 Like 19 hours ago Harry McNicholas Top Commenter

Usually, it is people who disable electrical equipment. Reply Like 10 hours ago Bondili Krishna Kumar Singh Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University obviously the so called technology is not sufficient... Reply 1 Like Yesterday at 4:09am Harry McNicholas Top Commenter

Which technology do you refer? Reply Like 18 hours ago Curtis Hare 27 years old "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". Wouldn't ANYONE who found a crashed UFO personally benefit from being the one to find it? Plus, there is no way that the mysterious object is "pillow basalt", it looks nothing like that kind of rock. Especially since there isn't trace of this kind of formation anywhere near the object. This is just as much of a cover-up as the Jerusalem UFO. Stop trying to mislead people! Reply Like 22 hours ago Harry McNicholas Top Commenter

Curtis. You are a trained geologist or is this a wild guess on your part? Why not invite trained geologists to view the site and then determine if it is a natural formation or something else? Looks to me someone plans to make a few bucks on a