In June 2011, deep-sea treasure hunters from Sweden located what appears to be a crashed UFO on the ocean’s floor in the dark, frigid waters of the Northern Baltic Sea.
Peter Lindberg and Dennis Åsberg led the Ocean X diving team of fortune seekers who found a disc that measures some 200 feet across embedded in the mud 285 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden.
The underwater explorers, equipped with high-tech equipment, were on the prowl for the remains of an antique shipwreck in a submarine customized for this purpose. In the dark, the silence was suddenly punctuated by a beep that came from the sonar system.
The sonar system’s inky black monitor screen now displayed a tall, mountainous structure surrounded by rock. This turned out to be a natural undersea cavern composed of stones, sand, and molten volcanic rock.
But just a few feet from the canyon was an unknown object that looks like a classical saucer-shaped craft. In fact, it resembles the Millennial Falcon piloted by Han Solo in the epic sci-fi movie Star Wars. Leading to the submerged circular shape is an impact tract that stretches 985 feet (300 meters) in length.
Åsberg revealed the crew’s initial reaction to spotting the unidentified submerged object:
“We were really surprised and puzzled. We were thinking…this is not a wreck.”
But the ocean salvage crew is in the business of finding documented sunken ships to recover their contents for profit. They specialize in retrieving antique high-end alcoholic beverages and historic artifacts.
The Ocean X team never set out to salvage a wrecked UFO and are far from fanatical about finding them. Neither marine expedition leader claimed to have uncovered a sunken UFO.
Lindberg and Åsberg considered whether this thing could be a World War II submarine or the gun turret from a vintage battleship. The object is perfectly round and like nothing, Lindberg has ever seen in his 18 years of professional experience.
The object, whatever it is, appeared to have strange rivets and slots or cracks across its top. Some features resembled ramps, stairways, and other structures not found in nature. The “blurry but interesting” sonar image was low-resolution and so grainy that making a positive identification proved difficult.
The team returned the next year with backup in the form of more advanced equipment to figure out what lurks beneath the dark, icy waters near the Arctic Circle. Åsberg was hopeful that whatever the object is could be valuable:
“It could be something really awesome that we’ve found.”
When the dive team returned with more sophisticated equipment, the High Strangeness started – the aquatic explorers reported that whenever they got close to the bizarre object, their cameras would stop working, shutting down completely.
Ocean X team member, Stefan Hogerborn, was mystified by the camera malfunctions, termed “mysterious electrical interference,” and explained further:
“Anything electric out there…stopped working when we were above the object.”
Speculation abounds about what lies on the ocean floor. The idea that the Ocean X team chanced upon an unidentified flying object was first proposed by ufologists (serious researchers into the UFO phenomenon) after the sonar image was leaked online.
Lindberg and Åsberg had wanted to keep their discovery hush-hush. But once the indistinct image was published on the internet, the theory that this object is the deep-sea wreckage from an aerial craft of extraterrestrial origin was proposed.
Notably, the sonar readings show that the large object is made of metal.
Debunker Charles Paull, a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, was quick to dismiss the possibility that the metallic 200-foot circular object with indentations and protrusions is not of this earth.
In Paull’s opinion, the original grainy image showed either sediment dropped from a fishing trawler or a school of fish or a rock pile. The spaceship theory, he claimed, is “curious and fun, but much ado about nothing.”
Of course, Paull is overlooking the fact that fish are not metallic. But advancing the theory that UFOs exist is not allowed in mainstream science and a sure way to attract ridicule, professional ostracization, and perhaps even a pink slip.
It is also possible that Paull accepts money from a federal alphabet agency such as the CIA or NSA to quash any rumors that UFOs exist.
Another professional debunker, Göran Ekberg, is a marine archaeologist at Sjöhistoriska museet (Maritime Museum) in Stockholm. He said:
“A natural, geological formation can’t be ruled out. I agree the finding looks weird since it’s completely circular. But nature has produced stranger things than that.”
Lindberg hopes that the sunken object will pay off as a tourist attraction featured on a submarine tour:
“The object itself is maybe not valuable in the sense of money it can be very interesting whatever it is, historical or a natural anomaly.”
If the object is an extraterrestrial craft, it’s a safe bet that world governments will become involved to hide the truth from the rest of us. That’s just how they fly.