Latest news from 'ufologists' is about the mysterious sunken object discovered by a team of ocean explorers on the floor of Sea of Bothnia (northern Baltic Sea). The round object measuring 60 meters in diameter has been dubbed "unusual" and according to Peter Lindberg, the initiator of the expeditions, he "has never seen anything like it."
The Ocean Explorer team along with Franskabolaget.com discovered the "strange anomaly" on June 19, during a sonar survey of the sea floor. Lindberg who has "spent hundreds of hours watching sonar images of the sea floor" says, "it's up to the rest of the world to decide what it is."
Though Lindberg and his team make the discovery sound "unusual" their statements regarding further research of the "strange" object isn't satisfying. "It is not in our sphere of interest to go for this object since the cost for each hour out on the sea are tremendous" Lindberg says, "Since it might be nothing we cannot afford spending funds just to have a look at it, even if it might be a 'new' Stonehenge standing on the bottom."
It is Lindberg and his team that have spent hundreds of hours (and millions) conducting research and as and when a mystifying object is discovered they have suddenly lost interest? If Lindberg actually meant what he said about the object, will he leave the mystery behind and go about finding new mysteries and leave it to the "rest of the world" to speculate away?
Rest of the world which is not conducting research on the Baltic ocean floor will never know what Lindberg has found, because science is simply not about speculation. What makes the UFO speculation even more ridiculous is the fact that the diameter of the strange object was reported differently. Some say it is 60 meters while others say it is 60 foot and there has been no confirmation from the team so far!
Earlier discoveries the team boasts about include "alcoholic beverages such as Champagne, Wine and Cognac laying in the holds of small Swedish merchant ships sunken by the Germans during the First World War. The most famous wreck so far is without doubt the small ketch "Jönköping" which was sunken on the 3 November 1916 by the German U-boat U 22 with 3000 bottles of Heidsieck & Co MONOPOLE Gôut Américain champagne from 1907, and 67 barrels of Bisquite & Duboché Cognac, each barrel containing 600 liters in her holds. Some of the champagne bottles has been sold for as much as EUR 20,000 per bottle."
A video posted by the research team on July 13 says that the strange object could possibly be a building structure, built during the ice age. "Lights in the Sky" blog offers an English translation to the video, in gist: "The object is partial destroyed. There seems to be a lower entrance level that is divided on the top right. Possible "drive elements" in a center honeycombed structure in-between. The lower portion is covered with sediment giving the appearance of a dish, or disc shape. It is also possible that this object is a building structure, built during the ice age?"
Lindberg's team has announced a fundraiser saying that the team "welcomes every approach of interest regarding the strange anomaly." The web site has a PayPal donation button on the home page and is also selling "original polo shirt from Ocean Explorer Team."