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originally posted by: ManFromEurope
(1) it was about 4km east of the coast near Eckernförde. A large marine unit is stationed there, a lot of maneuvers and drills taking place in that area (therefore it is closed to the public and fishing forbidden)
(2) There are no unknown currents, trenches, aliens or unknown large animals in that area. The sea around is everywhere about 15-25 m deep.
(3) Fishin in the Baltic Sea has become heavily restricted and the few remaining (German) fishermen are subsidized, they couldn't make it on their quota alone, I think.
The official interpretation is between a technical problem on a larger ship, dragging its anchor or something else large over the bottom of the sea (but no traces I have heard of), some illegal fishing (but can normal nets support such massive metallic objects?) or planned destruction and removal (because someone might not like the station and their protocols of heat, o2-concentration, salt-concentration and so on).
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).
The station collected data about water temperature, nutrients, salinity, the speed of water flow, and concentrations of chlorophyll and methane. This data is used to evaluate the health of the ecosystem in and around the southwestern Baltic Sea. By monitoring these changes, scientists can be alerted to potential problems and take the required countermeasures. Scientists have been collecting data in the bay since the 1950s. The observatory is also used in the COSYNA network (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas) of the HZG.
"We take monthly samples there, anyhow, to investigate how many nutrients are in the water, how much oxygen is present, how severe the growth of algae is and also which microbes occur", explains Professor Bange, who coordinates the monitoring station. Even without the Ocean Sampling Day, Boknis Eck is an established name in international marine research. "The sampling there has been running almost continuously since 1957. Thus, Boknis Eck is one of the longest continuously active time series stations of its kind", explains Professor Bange. Continuous measurements of this type over a long period are important, for example, to distinguish natural variations in the environment from man-made changes.