Sweden's hunt for its mystery submarine turned virulent today with reports the mini-submarine may have been an experimental fish launched from an Iceland or Denmark laboratory.
This fish is an underwater midget marine laboratory for examining sea worms, bacteria, and human detritus in northern waters. Possibly it went astray near Stockholm.
It is manned by one person on his belly staring down from a glass under-cockpit with the throttle on speed control at one knot per hour.
So it is thought the mystery man with backpack wading near the sighting last month may have left his craft for a moment and been trying to return to it.
Or (denied by Russia) he might have been a Russian spy from the Cold War period around 1980 seeking rescue after a long absence from his home territory hiding in Sweden.
The mini-sub could have been sent to rescue this mystery man at last, with its diminutive size thought best to prevent discovery.
A female on shore nearby with child on hip (wailing) may have been connected to the scene.
The Swedish Navy searched for the mini-sub a full week in October coming up with no results.
Whether mini-submarine, Danish experiment, Russian spy sub, or offspring of the Loch Ness monster has not yet been fully confirmed.
Sweden is reported alarmed and thinking to join NATO forces in case this is another sign of rogue tendencies from Russia, as with its defense of East Ukraine and Crimea.
Mr. Putin has indicated that, although he is interested in mini-submarines, plus going down and bottom chasing, in this case he had nothing to do with it.
Mr. Kerry and the US State Department are thinking nuclear submarines may be needed for the area to assist.
Overall the incident has generated ten thousand comments related to news reports and many more on social media, in which the prevailing tone is reported "cynical" and "not displeased" with these developments.