The Baltic UFOs

A filtered sonar image of the Baltic "UFO." Original courtesy Peter Lindberg

Somewhere in the murky waters of the Baltic Sea – only the Ocean X Team knows where – a strange circular object lies 280 feet down on the sea floor.  The story originally broke last August, but some sort of critical mass was reached by a CNN report on January 26 claiming there’s a second such object down there – curiously timed with an announcement on the discoverers’ web page  that begs for investment money for a May 2012 visit to the objects.  Web sites the world over now host the original sonar image with minor variations in orientation, color, contrast enhancement, and sharpening (which unfortunately often highlights stuff that really isn’t there).  Consistent comparisons to the Millenium Falcon are drawn, though it would appear that if Han parked it there, he flew it in backwards.  Poor Chewie will be scraping mud from the sublight engines for days.   Both images are of poor quality – an article in Popular Mechanics suggested the sonar settings were set incorrectly and some have questioned whether this is an image of anything at all.     I believe at least one of the signals is real.  Unfortunately they are disrupted by numerous parallel lines, some sort of periodic, broad-spectrum noise.  Perhaps every time the boat crested a big wave and slapped down into the water behind, the noise from the slap overwhelmed the sound from the sonar ping returning from the deep.  Here I present the same images with a twist – I used a special filter to remove the lines.  You are the first people on the planet to see these enhanced images.

Other than the filtering and a bit of contrast enhancement, I’ve left the images as is.  I’ll describe the better and by far most famous of the two images.  This is a view looking downward. The ship (and therefore the sonar array) passed left to right or right to left across the top of the image (the “north” – if you will – though it’s uncertain from the original image where the actual compass directions are).  The brightest areas are surfaces that were 1. facing the sonar   2. relatively smooth   3.  have a significantly different sound speed than sea water.  The most obvious thing is not the object itself but a large dark ridge near the top – since it is dark it faces “south.”  South of this ridge is slightly lighter material, but dark enough to be somewhat sloped southward or  rough enough to scatter sonar. The westward extension of the ridge curls around the “object” in a remarkably smooth circular shape.  Here the comparison to the Falcon breaks down, as from the lighting on the ridge it becomes apparent that what appears to be the top of a ship is actually a relatively smooth, depressed or sunken surface.  A series of parallel ridges lie upon the sunken circular plain.   A cluster of blockier shapes on the northwest side of the circle suggest sea floor is slumping down and in from the ridge.

An image of the second object wasn’t released on the Ocean X team’s website, instead appearing at Life’s Little Mysteries.  I’m confident in their claim that this came from Peter Lindberg of the Ocean X team.   I filtered the second image as well, though it is of  lower quality, and I am including only a thumbnail of it because the source is not directly from a press release.  I will see if I can get permission to post a full size image .  I can only guess that the disturbed area in the upper right corner is the alleged UFO.   In a future story I will discuss what might actually be in these images.

Second Baltic UFO
Filtered image of the second Baltic "UFO." Original courtesy Peter Lindberg

3 Replies to “The Baltic UFOs”

  1. It’s the head of the Livonian Colossus, which is something I just made up.

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