The Eltanin Antenna Identified !The USNS Eltanin , an ice breaking cargo ship, was launched and acquired by the US Navy in 1957. Reclassified as an Oceanographic Research Vessel for the National Science Foundation in 1962, it became the world's first Antarctic research ship.
On 29 August 1964 (per this account) while coring and photographing the deep sea bottom West of Cape Horn, the Eltanin took the photo shown here. The position was 59:07'S by 105:03'W, depth 3904 meters. See this Map
Scientists then on board could not identify the strange object, which gave it an aura of mystery. Bruce Cathie of New Zealand devised a Planetary Grid System around it, of such influence that atomic bombs could only detonate in certain special times and places. Cathie made improvements to Einsteins famous equation e = mc^2 in the process. Quite a feat for a former airline pilot.
In articles about Undersea UFOs, Brad Steiger referred to a 'strange machine' (SAGA, June 1968) while Ivan Sanderson called it a 'complex antenna'. (ARGOSY, March, 1970) Since then it has become a 'Grid Pole' reference point for Egyptian pyramids; the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC; the Orbital Period of Sitchin's Annunaki Planet Nibiru; free energy; the Philadelphia Experiment; Ley Lines; Gematrian Numbers & Numerology in general; Anti-gravity; Soybean Circles in Ohio .. and more .. to nanometers accuracy!
Sadly, the "Eltanin antenna" is a sponge.
Cladorhiza Concrescens was identified as a strange carnivorous sponge by marine biologist Charles Hollister in the 1960s.
Marine biologist A.F. Moses pointed Tom DeMary to the book The Face of the Deep (1971) by Heezen and Hollister which reproduces the photo taken by the USNS Eltanin, and a redrawing of an earlier drawing by Alexander Agassiz in 'Three Cruises of the Blake' (1888). Moses also referred DeMary to marine biologist S.S. Jacobs who added further details including the sensational SAGA article.
The pertinent text from The Face of the Deep reads: " .. While the bath sponges are limited to the warmest shallow waters of the continental shelf, a few of their bizarre relatives are rather commonly found in the deep sea. Cladorhiza, a particularly dramatic one which somewhat resembles a space-age microwave antenna, was not uncommon in the early dredge hauls of Challenger and Blake (2.15).
" Agassiz observed that 'they are sponges with a long stem ending in ramifying roots, sunk deeply into the mud. The stem has nodes with four to six club-like appendages. They evidently cover like bushes extensive tracts of the bottom.' "
The familiar Eltanin photograph shows only a solitary specimen. Otherwise it would be more apparent that it is a marine animal, and not a manufactured object.
DeMary scanned the figures (2.15) & (2.16) from: The Face of the Deep; by Bruce C. Heezen and Charles D. Hollister New York, Oxford University Press 1971 LOC Card Catalog Number: 77-83038 ASIN: 0195012771 pp. 39 & 40
The left-hand (erect) drawing was taken from the famous photograph, with background clutter removed for clarity. The right-hand (limp) drawing was re-drawn from a figure in Three Cruises of the Blake, by Alexander Agassiz, Riverside Press, Cambridge, MA 1888 #2: Fig 541 (Three Cruises was 2 volumes, both long out of print.) That specimen likely exploded from decompression having been dredged from the crushing pressure of over 12,800 feet of sea water.
Tom DeMary deserves major credit for rediscovering the true nature of the 'Eltanin Antenna'. He in turn thanks A.F. Amos and S.S. Jacobs who sailed on the Eltanin, and shared their information and references. All of this was well known to marine biologists, but ignored by myth-makers, numerologists, anomalists and crackpots of all stripes.
Henk Hinfelaar in New Zealand secured a clipping of the original report from the NZ Herald. Murray Bott archived it, and Peter Hassall tediously transcribed it Here
Below is a scan of the original drawing of the exploded sponge from the
1888 Agassiz text (fig. 541), painstakingly hunted down by Tom DeMary again.
Compare this to the re-drawing (2.15 above) which appears in Heezen & Hollister.
Below, at long last, is the original uncropped photo,
giving the true location, which is usually grossly mistaken.
This was scanned from Plate 2.16 of the Heezen and Hollister text.
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