From buried treasures, to pyramids, to a hidden river, down to an entire city, there are so many mind boggling things that over the years, have been found under water. Let’s take a deep dive into some of these discoveries.
1. Hidden River
Scientists discovered a river that follows along the bottom of the Black Sea. The river's layers of dense water were formed when sinkholes became filled with saltwater. While exploring the area, deep sea divers found that the river has its own waterfalls, trees and leaves. It is believed that If this river were on land, it would be the sixth largest river in the world.
2. The Lost Egyptian City
Known as Heracleion, the Egyptian city was discovered by French archeologists 30ft below the Mediterranean sea. Going by the artifacts that were found, it was believed that the city was a vibrant and bustling town. The artifacts found on the floor of the sea include;
- Coins made of gold, led, and bronze
- Numerous statues of ancients pharos
- Pieces of artworks
- A fleet of ships were discovere.
Although many believe this could either be due to the rising of the sea or the town being a possible victim of a natural disaster such as a tidal wave or a massive earthquake, how the city managed to get submerged in the water is still a mystery yet to be unravelled.
3. The Pyramid of Yonaguni
In 1996, a scuba instructor dived up the coast of the Japanese Island, Yonaguni where he discovered a perfectly designed pyramid with columns, steps, and a human face carved inside the rocks. In the following years, experts visited the waterside and concluded it had been man made in approximately 10,000BC. Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan has been diving at the site to measure and map its formations for more than 15 years, and each time he returns to the dive boat, Kimura said, he is more convinced than ever that below him rest the remains of a 5,000-year-old city.
4. Underwater Sculpture Park
In the words of British sculptor, Jason Decaires Taylor, “The ocean is the most incredible exhibition space an artist could ever wish for”. Designed by British sculptor, Jason Decaires Taylor, and Created in the Caribbean Sea, west of Grenada, this park is said to be the world's first Underwater sculpture park, and is open for public viewing.
5. Deep in Baltic Sea
Swedish Explorers discovered the weird-shaped object on the ocean bed of the Baltic Sea in June 2011. Measuring 60 meters in diameter and standing on tall pillars, divers believe it may have been a UFO. The diving team claimed their electrical equipment stopped working as soon as they swam closer to the object and also noticed a staircase with a hole leading into the interior of the object.
6. Sunken Pirate City at Port Royal
famous the world over for its booze—the blackout-inducing Kill Devil Rum, its pirates, and its sex workers, Port Royal, once called “the most wicked and sinful city in the world” sunk into the Caribbean following a huge earthquake and tsunami. The city had a plan to turn the sunken city into a tourist destination, but for now, has been abandoned.
7. The Titanic
On the morning of April 15, 1912, this legendary ship sank in the North Atlantic ocean after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. It wasn't until 1985 when the wreckage was found and the ship was discovered 12,400 feet below the surface of the water.
8. Underwater Circles
Also known as the mystery circle, the geometric sand patterns were found 80-feet below sea level off the coast of Japan by a scuba diver. Many believe that the pattern was created by a UFO. It was however later confirmed that it was the work of Japanese Puffer Fish. As a way to protect their eggs, The patterns are created by the fish during their mating ritual.
9. The Lion City
LionCity dates back to 621 AD. in a bid to make room for a new hydroelectric power station, this ancient Chinese city was flooded on purpose In 1989, however, the government forgot about the city for years. It wasn't until 2001 when the government decided to rediscover the city. Even after being submerged below water for years, it's still in perfect condition since the water used in submerging the city did not contain anything corrosive and was not conducive to marine life growth. Divers discovered that many of the structures, carvings and lying statues were still preserved and that the water had protected it from natural erosion.
10. A Whale Washes Ashore
A thing that usually scares beach goers; seeing a 13,000 pound creature make their way onshore at any point in time, either due to natural causes or after being hit by a boat propeller.