A large underwater monitoring station used to assemble significant scientific information in the Baltic Sea has strangely disappeared.
The submerged observatory, which had been on the ocean bottom since December 2016, is overseen 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 station went to an unexpected end. Sea divers were dispatched to the site, just to discover that the whole structure was gone, put something aside for a destroyed transmission cable, as per a GEOMAR statement.
The observatory was in a confined region off the northern shore of Germany. Boats, including fishing vessels, are not permitted into the region, the BBC revealed. That someone, or a bunch of people, removed the observatory remains the most conceivable clarification. Other factors, an enormous storm, substantial flows, or even marine creatures, were precluded as causes owing to the weight of the instrument.