This is only appropriate use of "scientists are baffled" I've ever seen.— Andrew Thaler (@DrAndrewThaler) September 6, 2019
Large Underwater Observatory Disappears Without a Trace, Baffling Scientists https://t.co/RGJMjiyzMY pic.twitter.com/z72MJnDVuH
The Boknis Eck Observatory is an automated monitoring station gathering scientific data on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Or it was. Launched in 2016, the 800-pound device transmits data to ocean researchers, or it did until August 21st, when the signals stopped. A team of divers went down to see what was wrong, and found the entire station gone. The data transmission cable was shredded.
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.
Well, it was obviously the kraken. Or possibly a supervillain, the type with unlimited funds and an incomprehensible but nefarious plan, like you'd find in a James Bond novel. Then again, it could have been aliens from outer space. Scientists involved with the project are asking anyone with information to come forward. Read more about the Boknis Eck Observatory at Gizmodo.