So many people shared this article that - up front - I want to say thank you for doing so. And I understand their reasons for doing so. We'll get back to that.

But first, the story: it seems that an automated underwater observatory has gone completely missing off the coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea:

Large Underwater Observatory Disappears Without a Trace, Baffling Scientists

The story is rather simple: the observatory was there one day, and wasn't the next:

A large monitoring station used to gather important scientific data in the Baltic Sea has mysteriously vanished.

The underwater observatory, which had been on the seafloor since December 2016, is managed by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG). On August 21 at 8:15 p.m. local time, transmissions from the €300,000 ($330,000) station came to a sudden halt. Divers were dispatched to the site, only to find—much to their astonishment—that the entire structure was gone, save for a shredded transmission cable, according to a GEOMAR statement.

The observatory was in a restricted area off the northern coast of Germany. Boats, including fishing vessels, are not allowed into the area, the BBC reported. That somebody, or a group of individuals, removed the observatory remains the most plausible explanation. Other factors, such as a massive storm, heavy currents, or even marine animals, were ruled out as potential causes owing to the weight of the instrument. Who or what removed the science station, and why, is a complete mystery. German police were alerted to the incident and are now investigating, according to GEOMAR.


“[At] first we thought of a transmission error,” Hermann Bange, project coordinator for the Boknis Eck Observatory, said in the GEOMAR statement. This prompted a diving mission to the site, revealing the disappearance. “The devices were gone, the divers could not find them anymore,” he said. “When the divers reached the bottom of the sea last week at the observatory’s location, they found only the torn off land cable. It was completely shredded.”

The missing observatory consists of two racks, one weighing 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and the other 100 kilograms (220 pounds) each. The racks include a frame holding the power supply (along with a heavy cable connecting the station to the coast) and a frame to hold the sensors. Both racks were “removed with great force from their position,” according to the GEOMAR statement. (Emphasis added)

And that's it.

Now, in and of itself, the story is not all that unusual, and the explanation - "that somebody, or a group of individuals, removed the observatory" - is, as the article says, "the most plausible explanation." And taken by itself, I readily agree.

But here comes the high octane speculation: in case you haven't noticed, there's been an awful lot of "strange stuff" going on in (or over... or under) the world's oceans in the past few years: hurricanes that are making a beeline for Texas through the Gulf of Mexico that then do a nearly perfect ninety-degree turn to slam into New Orleans (Katrina); then we had the case of Malaysia Air flight 370 whose disappearance has more theories and little by way of evidence for any of them, the USS Donald Cook incident in the Black Sea, and then a similar episode with the same ship in the Baltic Sea, and the USS Fitzgerald and USS John McCain incidents, all of which I've blogged about previously on this website. More recently I reported on the strange "electrical malfunction" on the USS Harry Truman, and the equally strange refitting of US aircraft carriers. Add to this missing Russian submarines, and the context around this latest story takes on a rather more somber appearance. Given the weight of the two racks of equipment comprising the observatory, and the statement by the observatory's owner, GEOMAR, that they were "removed with great force from their position," one has to entertain the possibility that perhaps, just perhaps, this latest strange story might somehow be related to all the rest. It's almost as if all the world's oceans and seas are now a part of the Bermuda Triangle, buzzing with strangeness.

If indeed, as the article speculates, the observatory was removed by someone, the question is why? What possible use would anyone have for such equipment, much less the expense and risk of stealing it? Or conversely, did "they" simply want the observatory shut down? If so, why? And to walk right off the end of the speculation twig here: assuming that somehow all these events are related, then that would imply that "someone" is messing around both with American and Russian naval vessels, and now an underwater German observatory. And perhaps all this strangeness is somehow related to the alleged refitting of American aircraft carriers with electronic counter-measures equipment. In any case, viewed in this wider and admittedly very speculative context, this little story may not be so little, and may bear watching.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. TRM on September 10, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Is the USA sending Germany a warning about Nord-Stream2? The old “Oh Saul I have your speer and water jug” routine?

  2. goshawks on September 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I note that Boknis Eck Observatory is in Eckernförde Bay, Germany. No depth is given in the article, but a smaller bay can’t be too deep. That would tend to rule out any standard-sized submarine. With the shredding – rather than cutting – of the transmission cable, I lean towards some ‘accidental’ cause. Perhaps a long-abandoned fishing net being snagged by a passing boat (outside the prohibited zone) and then being unknowingly dragged over the installation. Something of that nature…

  3. Maatkare3114 on September 10, 2019 at 6:13 am

    This observatory has been there since 1957…….So what was discovered within this plan that the public is not supposed to now about?

    • Maatkare3114 on September 10, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Know about.

  4. Richard on September 10, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Then there were leftover mines and more mines, with one less maybe and a missing monitoring station. . .

    The Baltic Sea has an area or two, probably, three or four, but at least one that has demonstrated unusual magnetic effects on instrumentation over its direct location inconsistent with what usual earthen and water components would yield.

    Scans of the sea floor have shown, in outline, a striking semblance of a certain fictional item of motion screen, especially, when photo shopped, another side by side that enhances the resemblance, and still another with some embellishments. That a [something] is down in the seabed is not disputed just its interpretation with a lack of follow on research due to lack of funding and official interest. That [something] was even referred to as a temple.

    It’s unfortunate that that reference went viral and caused an unwelcome and unprofessional slant to the hard work of those explorers. Even a photo still was refurbished to cast a far different appeal to the area. However, there was some talk aboard that exploration vessel that wasn’t thought out well when initial observations were still getting tallied. Over several years there has been substantial funding loss due to what a few sensationalists, not part of the initial data stream, concocted and made public. Par for the sensational news stream actually.

    The latest shredded fiber optic and power cable that acted as a tether to shoreline resources is striking considering the murkiness of the general seabed. Not one to add a flashpoint to your “high octane speculations,” but when Russian President Putin recently went deep submersible diving to try out his new sub one began to wonder about where else such a deep diver might be useful. The Baltic Sea was one area that rattled the cranium innards,’ and another was where the Russian Navy lost a nuclear-powered submersible to the depths in the Barents Sea.

    On the Baltic bottom the actual grid coordinates are not easily distributed but given enough snooping there’s likely to be a slip or two of information that might connect Baltic bottom dots. One need consider that that pipeline is not something that needs to be well known to the treacherous and deviant criminal mind, private or state sponsored. Given the activity below depths with pipeline and exploration there does seem to be a need to sort things out and possibly recover lost equipment. Back engineering such items could enhance the ones whose purpose it was to yank the Unterwasserobservatorium from its station, but also ascertain its purpose for being constructed which is said to be for environmental studies and monitoring – monitoring something. With a fossil fuel pipeline of sorts replacing another pipeline, that seems reasonable and not so secretive as some clandestine operation that once used to be conducted in those regions.

    The Baltic might also have been a test area for magnetic mine development during WWII as it was next door, so to speak, to the English Channel, North Sea, and Atlantic where many were to be deployed to starve out the British homeland from needed convoy supplies. These magnetic influence naval mines were added when the British, in an effort toward area denial technology to thwart the threat of U-Boats, added their mines. The British went to great lengths to de-gauss the metal hulls of their ships to reduce the threat of magnetic mines. Overall there were literally tens of thousands of mines tossed into the seas and shorelines by warring nations. It’s even been speculated that that Russian sub ran into or was hit by a mine as one source reported in that the Russian Navy mentioned that there were mines in the area.

    The U-Boats posed a major threat on the US eastern seaboard when the convoys to the British Isles got underway and went into harm’s way as they sailed into German wolf packs as these U-Boat groups came to be known. Several sunken cargo ships might be reefs today from torpedo attacks along the eastern US seaboard.

    That magnetic anomaly on the Baltic bottom, though, raises some questions as well as suggests dangers from an earlier war effort that dealt with high magnetic experiments. One thing is for sure there is not enough data on the submerged area, some 100 meters below depths and around 70 meters across. As for that underwater observatory, . . . well, . . . maybe it was a left over mine that blasted it away. There wasn’t anything mentioned about scattered debris though, at least, not yet that might suggest an incidental explosion from an old leftover mine lurking in the muck. 500 hundred pounds of explosive can rip a lot of things apart or detach it from its mooring.

  5. SpaceWombat on September 10, 2019 at 3:51 am

    The Baltic Sea anomolie came up in one of Florida Marquis “pentagon/google earth” videos recently 🙂

  6. Mirror13 on September 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    And don’t forget the release of the Aquaman movie which is meant to condition us to accept our new underwater wars. Seriously though, I believe we may be seeing the extra-territorial state/Nazi International tussling with the known states of Earth.

  7. Roger on September 9, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Illegal fisherman set anchor on it and pulled it out by accident when leaving or it had defense uses such as tracking nuclear subs. We are very close to WWIII and a first strike from both side is possible at any moment if the AI war gods compute a win by doing so do to positions of US carriers or a strategically timed and placed hurricane pops up.

  8. marcos toledo on September 9, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    THIS looks like a scenario for name any of your favorite science fiction series in the last fifty years. Now the question is are the suspects from up there or down here stay tuned for further information.

  9. Pierre on September 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    There is something fishy to all of this.
    “The station, installed by the government-funded Kiel Ocean Research Centre and the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, consisted of two parts in a rack. There was the power supply, connected to land by the cable, and the observatory itself, containing sensors to monitor temperature, salinity, oxygen, currents and methane concentrations.”
    So they have a cable, we know that power cables can transmit data, and they do not have a live data feed to it? Or is it like the Epstein suicide watch cameras that the rats ate?
    Giant robotic Russian water rats working for Epstein Inc.?
    Or the completely independent telemetry transmitters in the MH370 engines?
    More fake or partially partial news.

  10. Robert Barricklow on September 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    My first inkling was to LOL! Then I thought, perhaps it was never there to begin with. If it exists; it’s at some undisclosed location.
    Next thought; it was taken out by force and they don’t want that story getting legs to run/w..
    Well, further reading shows the research station to be relatively small & inexpensive. Either way, an extraterritorial force is seeming operating w/in impunity parameters?

  11. DownunderET on September 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    The Russians did it.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      ROF… yes! Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?

  12. zendogbreath on September 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    A couple scenarios to try on – some established fact, some suspect, some maybe’s. 1) All those problematic failures in tech in military, industrial, anything all can be occams razored into killswitches and backdoors in the vast majority of manufactured chips. A type of tech blackmail. Then there’s weaponized formerly natural events – weather, episemics, social issues.

    • zendogbreath on September 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      The older blackmail too. The epstein saville maxwell kind.

    • zendogbreath on September 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      So who / what was that observatory observing?

  13. ragiza on September 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Putin did it…….
    Seriously, the Russian navy does a lot of stuff in the Baltic and they may not have liked that “observatory” being there, observing whatever it observed.

  14. Bryce on September 9, 2019 at 9:56 am

    ghislaine maxwell in her yellow submarine with a come-along & candlestick, rebranding her now dissolved terramar foundation to terror-mar.

  15. anakephalaiosis on September 9, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Captain Jack Sparrow fishing for the Black Pearl. Had to much rum. Went overboard.

    Or perhaps Kraken, the sea monster, could be fetching pirates to Davy Jones’ Locker.

    Likewise, the teapot could be ruling Brexit-waves underwater, preparing for the nanny speech.

  16. DanaThomas on September 9, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Various countries are also conducting underwater archaeology in the Baltic Sea.

    • Connedincalifornia on September 9, 2019 at 11:29 am


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