Just in: Baltic Sea UFO a publicity stunt by the treasure hunters?

Someone slipped up when uploading private documents to the Ocean X Team website. Disclose.tv learned today that a simple Google search reveals documents stored on the team’s website that strongly suggest that the Baltic Sea anomaly is nothing more than a publicity stunt to raise money (presumably for the treasure hunters’ other projects).

This is a translated paragraph from a Word document located on the Ocean X Team website that Google has indexed and cached:

The Ocean X Team will do their utmost to create publicity for the Circle project and thus attracting considerable and valuable media attention, which can be used in advertising. So far, about 700 million viewers around the world have been reached through news broadcasts, Internet-based news outlets not included.

The document further suggests that the team’s main interest in the anomaly is monetary compensation:

Is the circle something that can be salvaged and which contains monetary value? If the circle is a natural resource, the OX team can not guarantee monetary compensation as it’s located within an economic zone.

Again, this information can be obtained through a simple Google search. Click the link below and see the last two Google search results on page 9. The PDF document indexed by Google contains the team’s budget calculations, and is in English:

https://www.google.com/search?q=site:oceanexplorer.se&hl=en&start=90

Update June 7, 2012. Today on the Ocean Explorer website:

The divers are now down and investigating the circle and reports from the ship say they are really amazed. There is definitely something unusual hiding at the seabed – a Mystery Beneath.

More information and pictures will be released next week.

Hmm, there’s definitely a marketing department lurking behind these news snippets.

Update June 6, 2012. Today this little snippet of news was posted on the Ocean Explorer website:

The ship Ancylus, carrying the Ocean X Team, is now anchored above the circle-shaped object. They started to scan the seabed and they are taking samples for analyses.

Due to really bad weather conditions the operation took a little bit longer than scheduled. But they are working hard and prepare to dive down there for further investigations today.

Update June 4, 2012: Track ships close to the Baltic Sea anomaly in realtime.

Update 29 May, 2012

The Ocean Explorer team will set out for the anomaly this Friday, 1 June, and maybe, hopefully, the event will be live broadcast on the web. Fox News reports today:

The Ocean Explorer crew includes 13 researchers, including a sonar expert, and a camera crew from Swedish TV that will document the event. Lindberg said he is in negotiations with Microsoft to see if the event can be carried live on the Internet, from the remote location in international waters via video streaming.

“We’re working with Microsoft on that, but nothing is final yet. Tell them we want to do a deal,” he joked.

Now that would be pretty interesting.

Last summer, a team of treasure hunters based in Stockholm found a strange disc-shaped object on the floor of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland. Leading up to the object or formation is what looks like a churned-up track on the sea floor of about 300 meters.

Now, we might be a step closer to finding out what it was that they caught on sonar. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the team plans to start diving in the end of May.

(What follows is a quick translation of the April 30 article, done here at the UFOEYES offices. Apologies for any weird wording.)

Treasure hunters get to the bottom of the UFO mystery

In May, the diving starts in the Baltic Sea

They’ve been showered with phone calls from journalists and scammers, and have even received death threats from Christian fundamentalists.

After divers Dennis Åsberg and Peter Lindberg found a giant circle formation in the Baltic Sea last summer, they have been contacted by thousands of people.

They will now try to get to the bottom of the matter – literally.

A UFO? An abandoned submarine base? When divers Dennis Åsberg and Peter Lindberg saw the giant circle on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they could not imagine the enormous attention it would attract.

- I have received 110.000 emails. And 95 percent of those are from UFO buffs. They are convinced that we have found a UFO, Dennis Åsberg told Aftonbladet in January.

In-depth investigation

Now he and his colleague Peter Lindberg will try to shed light on the whole issue.

In the end of May, they will dive down and explore the formations that are located at a depth of 87 meters.

- First, we’ll take ground samples to see if there are any toxins, radioactive material or any other harmful substances present. Then, when we feel it’s safe, we’ll use a small, unmanned submarine that will film the formations and collect samples, said Dennis Åsberg.

Many of those who contacted the team were scammers wanting to make money off the discovery. But now, the treasure hunters from Åkersberga have found a serious financier.

- We’ve partnered up with a Swedish production company that will finance a big part of this. There will be a TV series that will be aired internationally, said Dennis Åsberg.

Methane ice or a Russian submarine base

To their help they have marine geologists and other scientists who all have their own theories about what’s down there.

- One geologist thinks it may be a gas deposit, perhaps methane ice from the ice age, said Dennis Åsberg.

So no UFO?

- 95% of the people we talk to think it comes from above. And even I, who have to try to keep a professional mindset, begins to question things. We have obviously found something unique, and now we need to figure out what it is. A meteor, a UFO, a Russian submarine base from the Cold War or something that was dumped? Now, we’re going to make a thorough investigation to find out what it is.

Now, a more troubling development is the team’s recently published short teaser video to what they call The Baltic Sea Anomaly 2012. Their website has also recently undergone a redesign and is now wholeheartedly focusing on the “anomaly”. I don’t know, come late May I guess we’ll find out if they’ve found anything of interest. And whether it will cost us $9.99 to behold.

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