Back in the summer of 2011, Fox News released a relatively short segment on a mysterious object that some ocean explorers found in the Baltic Sea. Everyone was intrigued by the Baltic Sea anomaly mystery, and the story subsequently exploded on social media. At the time, many speculated that the object was potentially alien in origin, thanks to its circular shape, angular patterns, and the “trench” that appears to trail behind it. For years, many considered the anomaly to be underwater evidence of UFOS, though others thought it could be Nazi technology. Some people even believed that the anomaly held the key to a lost city.
Ocean X Team — the treasure hunting crew of divers who found the object — was incredibly keen on returning to the site so they could study it in greater detail, but they had multiple problems securing funding. Experts were fairly skeptical of the find, and brushed off the discovery as mundane. However, years later, some are still convinced that the anomaly is much more important than so-called "experts" realize. Is there an alien space ship on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, or are scholars right to pass over the mysterious hunk of rock?
Experts Thought The Image Was Caused By A Technical Accident
Not everyone who saw the sonar image of the anomaly immediately thought of UFOs. Expert divers and marine scientists immediately declared that the image was an artifact caused by a faulty scan. They believed that the sonar equipment used was misconfigured, or even faulty. Research tech Jonathon Hill from the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University noted it was simply the “edge effect," saying:
"Notice how the entire top of the image is much darker than the rest of the image, almost like there's a dark strip along the top? That's a type of image artifact we call an edge effect, and it's something we regularly see in a lot of remote sensing imagery. I'm certain that if they collected another sonar image centered on the 'track,' they would see gentle blending [of the seafloor] and it suddenly wouldn't look like a track at all."
A Naval Officer Believed It Could Have Been A Nazi Base
According to the Russian newspaper Pravda, the anomaly isn't alien at all. Instead, they said that it could be a remnant of World War II. A supposed retired naval officer noted that it could have been used as an underwater base for Nazis.
He speculated that it might have housed weapons meant to counter submarines and other naval ships in the Baltic Sea. Given Hitler’s propensity for insane technological progress during the war, the thought of an underwater Nazi base isn't too far-fetched an idea.
Some Claim It's Part Of A Lost CityVideo: YouTube
Among the more fantastic theories about the anomaly is that it could be part of an old sunken city. According to the YouTube channel Archeodoku, the anomaly is actually a 14,000 year old monument built by an ancient civilization. Their video states that the anomaly was created by the Atlanteans long ago:
“The stunning and highly controversial made by treasure hunters using side-scanning sonar to detect shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea has finally been identified as a submerged monumental construction from the Paleolithic era.
The giant, circular seafloor promontory measuring 60 meters in diameter is actually a terraced monument built by the highly advanced Atlantean civilization over fourteen thousand years ago.”
Geologists Note That It’s Likely A Glacial Deposit
Most geologists who saw the sonar image said that the anomaly was just a regular old rock. They reasoned that the Baltic Sea was formed by glacial movement thousands of years ago, and that as the ice melted into the sea, it left behind the detritus it picked up along the way. An associate professor of Geology at Stockholm University, Volker Brüchert, said that nothing about the image was extraordinary:
"Because the whole northern Baltic region is so heavily influenced by glacial thawing processes, both the feature and the rock samples are likely to have formed in connection with glacial and postglacial processes. Possibly these rocks were transported there by glaciers."