reply to post by Hanslune
I could see that Cuban politics and the embargo could be effecting this.
As nice as it would be, and as hard as I'm working, to bring you over to the side of 'conspiracy' of Zelitsky being silenced, that does not look
like the route that's gonna get us there as -- AND BYRD THIS IS FOR YOU TOO -- the timeline of her explorations does not gel with the Cubans funding
her last exploration of the site.
The TIMELINE again: In 2000 Zelitsky -- who was under contract with the Cuban government and Geomar for oil and gas exploration as well as casting an
eye out for sunken gallleons while she was at it -- stumbled on the MEGA site.
In 2001, after gathering the team of archaeologists that Iturralde referenced himself as joining, they set out again. This time using an Remote
Operated Vehicle which sent back:
Images sent back by the ROV confirmed the presence of large blocks of stone -- about 8 feet by 10 feet -- some circular, some rectangular, some in the
shape of pyramids. Some blocks appeared deliberately stacked atop one another, others appeared isolated from the rest.
Please note the stones are all WHITE. Anyway, they could not do more with the limtied technology and were somewhat thwarted by strong
currents and visibilty.
In 2002 they were in talks with NatGeo, see Byrds link, who said they saw no problems with either Cuban or Mexican govs as it was research and
anticipated funding Zelitsky's next voyage whre she hoped to film more extensively using a manned submersible which would allow her to drill into the
stones and see if they are granite, which is not indigenous to the region.
In 2004 Zelitsky set sail out of Port Progress, in Yacatan, Mexico on a 2 million dollar, 25 day research expediton that was funded by unknown
sources. They found and filmed a pyramid of 35 meters under the waters of the Caribbean, but it had to interrupt the mission due to technical
The mission failed due to technical problems with the submarine and faults in the illumination system, that was "six teams weaker than expected",
the scientist said. "Because the apparatus could not move, it took photographs from pyramids from a distance of one to three meters, without being
able to take photos from a distance from those structures so that one could have the perspective of the buildings", she explained. We were only able
to make superficial dives . We did not remove what we waited for by lack of properly adapted equipment", she said, thus in the next attempt we will
use a robotic unmanned submarine.
In July 2005 she announces that she is setting out from Port Progress again in October of that year with over a 100 scientists and submarines which
NatGeo was funding and then SHE IS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN. Nor is the site, MEGA or the project. LINK
And I am not the only person following this, I've seen a couple of websites dedicated to trying to track her down and NatGeo won't comment.
As to Hanslune's suggestion of simply contacting the people, I did email Iturralde but do not expect to hear back given what I consider the secrecy
surrounding MEGA. Zelitsky has well and truly gone AWOL. Her company Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) is 'gone' the weblink goes to a
RoadRunner page, etc.
And an aside, ADC had a 6 yr. 50-50 split deal with Cuban Gov. that expired in 2004, I would surmise that this deal was no longer in effect when she
sailed out of Mexico.
[edit on 26-7-2008 by TheWayISeeIt]