71% of our planet’s surface is covered with water. While the oceans hold about 96.5% of all the water, the rest exists as water vapor, in rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers and so on. Today, even with advanced technology, we have only explored about 5% of the ocean. The remaining 95% of the ocean is a mystery to us. As people explore deep bodies of water, they sometimes come across unusual creatures or even items. Since we have done a list on the unusual creatures from the deep blue, we are focusing on strange things people have discovered at the bottom of the sea.
1. A disk shaped object similar to the Millennium Falcon was discovered in the Baltic Sea.
In 2011, a Swedish diving team named the Ocean X were exploring the bottom of the Baltic Sea when they came across a weird disk laying on the seabed. The object discovered was 200 ft wide and 300 ft below the Baltic and resembled like the Millennium Falcon. When Ocean X informed the whole world about their discovery, UFO enthusiasts went crazy. Explorers believed that the mysterious object was at least 140,000-years-old, since it appeared to be formed of pieces of angular metal. UFO enthusiasts were convinced that it is a crashed UFO.
Swedish explorer Peter Lindberg and his Ocean X team of marine explorers discovered the strange object during a dive searching for an old shipwreck. However, after studying the sonar imagery and observing the patterns, scientists believe that the object is nothing more than a glacial formation in the seabed. UFO enthusiasts were noticeably upset over the revelation and believe that it is a government cover up.
2. Apollo 11 engines on the Atlantic Ocean floor.
In 2012, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos assembled a secret dive team to try to find the F-1 engines that shot the Apollo missions into orbit. Bezos wanted to recover the engines that powered the Saturn V rocket carrying Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The billionaire investor and entrepreneur’s dream came true when his team was able to successfully locate the components of two F-1 rocket engines. Bezos congratulated the conservation team at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, for their success.
Just after Bezos announced his teams success, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden applauded Bezos and his team for their “historic find” and wished them “all the luck in the world”. However, he added that any Apollo engine that’s recovered belongs to the space agency. He also added that they would likely offer one of the Saturn V F-1 engines to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington under longstanding arrangements with the institution.
3. Mysterious underwater crop circles.
In 1995, off the coast of southern Japan, divers started spotting rippling geometric sand patterns nearly six feet in diameter and almost 80 feet below sea level. Experts studied the mysterious underwater circles further to understand the source behind it. UFO enthusiasts were sure to grab on to the news and speculate about underwater spaceships.
Yoji Ookata, an expert diver and his team studied the pattern and found out that it was actually created by none other than a small puffer fish. The small fish using only his flapping fin, tirelessly worked day and night to carve the circular ridges. Male puffer fish work hard for about ten days to create the circular pattern, so that they can impress the female puffer fish.
Fun Fact: Although the puffer fish can be poisonous, in Japan, these fish are considered a delicacy.
4. A statue of Jesus Christ at the bottom of Lake Michigan.
In 1956, a 15-year-old boy named Gerald Schipinski was involved in a farming accident that claimed his life. His distraught family from Rapson decided to commission a sculpture to honor their son. During its voyage across the Atlantic, the sculpture was heavily damaged and upon arrival, the family refused to accept it.
The large white marble crucifix spent the winter behind a church until a local group purchased it for $50. When a diver who was locally well known passed away, the group decided to donate the cross to honor him. With the help of local divers, the crucifix was lowered 65 feet below to the bottom of Little Traverse Bay on Aug. 12, 1962. Today, people who are unaware of the story stumble across the piece of history, only to wonder how a crucifix managed to reach the bottom of Lake Michigan.
5. Millions of dollars in World War II silver.
War is an expensive business. Before the Internet and world-wide banking was established, people used to carry money in forms of gold and silver. During WWII, countries who were allies had to send money through the seas, which meant that it was of great risk. German U-boats (or submarines) were roaming major sea routes to intercept any enemy ships.
In 1942, the SS City of Cairo sailed from India, with 100 tons of silver to help England with the war. Usually ships carrying valuables are accompanied by other ships to fight enemies as well as to act as decoys, however this particular trip was different. The SS City sailed from India without any escort and the expected happened. A German U-boat intercepted the ship and sunk it to the bottom of the sea, along with its crew. Only two people managed to survive and they were only rescued 51 days after the ship sank.
The ship was laying at the bottom of the Atlantic for decades until Deep Ocean Search located an unnatural object on radar. After determining that the object was in fact the missing silver, a salvage operation began. By 2013, the crew was able to recover every piece of silver coin from the seabed. The British government finally received their silver which is now worth about $50 million.
6. An entire airplane at the bottom of Lake Norman in North Carolina.
On Sep. 21, 2013, authorities were searching for a drowning victim when they came across a mysterious plane submerged in Lake Norman. A sonar image which is shown above indicated that the small aircraft was submerged 80 feet under at the tail and 100 feet at the nose. When authorities told the press about their discovery, a woman named Barbara Anderson came forward to claim it. She told authorities about her plane which went missing 30+ years ago when flight instructors were doing training on Lake Norman.
“We got a phone call that said your plane has sunk,” Anderson said. “They landed, forgot to put the gear up to lock it and the plane sunk.”
The FAA hasn’t determined whether to pull the plane out of the water or who it belongs to.
7. Underwater Stonehenge, Lake Michigan.
One of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world, the iconic Stonehenge in the UK was thought to be the only stone formation of its kind. However, similar stone alignments were discovered throughout the planet and recently, a stonehenge-like formation was found in Lake Michigan. Mark Holley, professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan College, discovered the stone formation in 2007. The stones were arranged in a circle 40 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan. Surprisingly, one of the stones was carved with a picture of a mastodon—an elephant-like animal that went extinct about 10,000 years ago. Experts are still studying to determine its origin and history.
8. A flooded Welsh graveyard.
In 1965, a small Welsh village of Capel Celyn was flooded to create a water reservoir for Liverpool. A post office, school, chapel, cemetery and 12 farms were all submerged along with 800 acres of land. Villagers opposed to the idea of flooding their lands but Liverpool was facing shortage in water supply. The only way to solve the issue was to flood the village to make the reservoir.
However, in September 1962, as the construction was going on, two men, David Pritchard and David Walters, who opposed the idea, took matters into their own hands. The men vandalised equipment at the construction site but were caught and forced to pay £50 each. The following year, Emyr Llewelyn Jones, Owain Williams and John Albert Jones placed explosives around the construction area, causing serious damage. Llewelyn and Williams were both jailed for 12 months and Jones was placed on three years probation. Despite protests from residents, the plan went forward and the reservoir was built. The image above was captured in 2015, which shows a graveyard from the flooded village.
9. Lion City, Qiandao Lake in China.
In 1959, Shi Cheng, also known as the Lion City, was flooded purposely to build a hydroelectric power station. The Chinese government decided to build a new hydroelectric power station because the Lion City was tucked in a lake between the Five Lion Mountain. The historical place was slowly filled with water until it was completely submerged. Today, the manmade lake goes by the name of Qiandao Lake.
The city is between 85 and 131 feet underwater and has been forgotten for more than 55 years. Today, divers can see the lake filled with a maze of temples, houses and pathways. A team of divers rediscovered the lost land in 2015 and a tourism company plans to start underwater explorations on the lake. According to the team, even wooden sculptures within houses are still intact.
10. Train graveyard, New Jersey.
Although there is no historical record of two trains missing, a team of archaeologists discovered a train graveyard off the coast of New Jersey. The locomotives believed to be from the 1850’s are well preserved 90 feet underwater. Divers believe that the engines were probably lost during a storm as they were being transported from Boston to the mid-Atlantic.
Experts have another theory to how the engines might have reached there. Some believe that they could have been deliberately pushed into the sea to prevent the ship from going down during a severe thunderstorm. Whatever the case is, a piece of history lays 90 feet underwater in New Jersey, remarkably well preserved.