So was the ‘Baltic Sea UFO’ an alien saucer or an underwater Nazi base?

Since its discovery at the bottom of the  Baltic Sea in May 2011, the anomaly has fascinated observers.

The apparently man-made object sits at the  bottom of the ocean, looking for all intents and purposes like a drowned  Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars movies.

Theories have ranged over its purpose since  the Ocean X Team discovered the object on sonar scans.

To some observers, it is a UFO – The ‘Roswell  of the Ocean’, while others speculate that it is a Nazi anti-submarine defence,  or a plug to the underworld.

But according to one expert, the ‘strange’  and ‘mysterious’ object, as described by the team who found it, is nothing more  than glacial rocks that have been dragged across the ocean floor.

Volker Brüchert, an associate professor of  geology at Stockholm University, was handed stone samples of the object for  analysis.

He said he believed he was seeing nothing  more than normal rocks, and told Live Science:  ‘It’s good to hear critical voices about  this ‘Baltic Sea mystery.

‘What has been generously ignored by the  Ocean-X team is that most of the samples they have brought up from the  sea  bottom are granites and gneisses and sandstones.’

He told Live Science that these are ‘exactly  what one would expect to see in a  glacial basin, which is what the Baltic Sea  is – a region carved out by  glacial ice long ago’.

The divers from Ocean X also gave Brüchert a  single loose  piece of basaltic rock, a type of rock that forms from hardened  lava, which he told the website was ‘out of place on the seafloor, but not  unusual’.

He said: ‘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.’

The Baltic Sea Anomaly by by Vaghauk

Artist Vaghauk, inspired by the story, created this  artist impression, posted on Deviant Art, of the anomaly deep under the Baltic  Sea

'This device dwarfs anything ever found before and is an important weapons discovery,' said the dive team which discovered the strange structure

‘This device dwarfs anything ever found before and is an  important weapons discovery,’ said the dive team which discovered the strange  structure

Submarine

But now former Swedish naval officer and WWII expert  Anders Autellus has revealed that the structure – measuring 200ft by 25ft –  could be the base of a device designed to block British and Russian submarine  movements in the area

Based on the scans, the object  appears to be  raised 10ft above the seabed and measuring 200ft by 25ft – but the scans have  also been called into question.

Sonar-scanning expert Dan Fornari,  from the  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusett, told  Yahoo: ‘The sonar  image has numerous artifacts in it that make it  difficult to interpret, and I  would not place too much confidence in any interpretation until a better  processing is done and the details of the type of sonar and particulars are  provided.

‘I’m saying the data are lacking in  resolution, detail and quantification.’

One plausible explanation is that the  formation is an anti-submarine base.

Swedish submarine officer, Anders  Autellus  said the object has the shape of a  German submarine trap from the Second World  War.

These huge concrete structures were built to  make navigation more difficult for Soviet submarines.

Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Expressen,  Autellus said that similar concrete structures had been built by the British  during World War II.

Autellus says it is likely that the  object  is built from double-skinned concrete for the purpose of holding  large steel  wire mesh structures, expected to disturb the propagation of radar and other  signals used by any nearby submarines.

During the decades after the war, the wire  mesh structures would have eroded away, leaving only the holes  shown on the  images provided by Ocean X.

Hefty trajectory: The Swedish diving team noted a 985-foot flattened out 'runway' leading up to the object, implying that it skidded along the path before stopping but no true answers are clear

Hefty trajectory: The Swedish diving team noted a  985-foot flattened out ‘runway’ leading up to the object, implying that it  skidded along the path before stopping but no true answers are clear 

More questions: The divers found soot-covered rocks that encircled an egg-shaped hole that went into the object at its center, and have no idea what any of it means

The team did get some pictures, such as these  soot-covered rocks that encircled an egg-shaped hole which went into the object  at its center, and have no idea what any of it means

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