The Eltanin Enigma
In 1964, an Antarctic research vessel photographed a mysterious and unidentifiable object on the sea bed. In the first of a two-part investigation, Peter Brookesmith explains how the ‘Eltanin antenna’ generated a soap opera from another Universe.

The Eltanin Enigma
By Peter Brookesmith
May 2004

Whitley Strieber, whose 1987 book Communion did so much to make intergalactic grey dwarves a subject of dinner-table chatter in even the best-regulated households, is clearly a man prepared to entertain many rare and unusual ideas. Visitors to his website may sample the kinds of things that fascinate Strieber, and will find this cogitation:

Between 1962 and 1979 the NSF [National Science Foundation] Polar Research Vessel Eltanin surveyed Antarctic waters, studying the ocean and ocean bottom. In 1964, the ship photographed an unusual object at a depth of 13,500 feet [4,115m]. At the time, there was no submarine that could have carried a piece of technology to this depth.

The object appears to be a pole rising from the ocean floor with twelve spokes radiating from it, each ending in a sphere. The spokes are at 15 degree angles to each other. It is located approximately 1,000 miles [1,600km] south [sic] of Cape Horn, beneath some of the most inhospitable seas in the world. [...]

There exists the possibility that it is an antenna or other scientific instrument that was lost by an early research vessel, but once again, this would appear to be a very forced explanation. It seems unlikely that an object could drop through [over] three miles of ocean, and anchor itself on the bottom.

In addition, the position of the antenna is so exact, and so strangely significant, that it would seem almost certain that it was intentionally put there. Who did it, with what technology and why remains unknown. However, it’s clear that there could be an enormous secret connected with the Eltanin antenna, and one that might not be entirely unknown to certain members of the scientific community... [...]

Could it be possible that the Eltanin antenna is a piece of ancient technology, or even technology that comes from another world? ... Other researchers are now suggesting that modern science might be well aware of the purpose of the object, and might be actively monitoring it or using it in some way. 1

So – how much of this strange tale is accurate? What has led anyone to consider the position of the so-called ‘Eltanin antenna’ to be “so exact, and so strangely significant”, let alone to suggest that the ‘antenna’ might be a chunk of ancient or extra-terrestrial technology? Is it remotely possible to identify this admittedly intriguing-looking object? Let us plumb the depths of history – and of the human mind.

SOURCE: The Fortean Times

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LEFT: Drawing from The face of the deep (see text), based on the Eltanin photograph .

RIGHT: Illustration from The face of the deep, taken from Alexander Agassiz’s sketch of the sponge Cladorhiza concrescens, from samples dredged up during the Antarctic voyages of the SS Blake in the 1870s and 1880s.

SOURCE: The Fortean Times

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