There are plenty of strange and bizarre discoveries that have been made underwater by man that may not be
Indeed, the world of underwater is simply fascinating where some of the best treasures of the world co-exist along with the marine life.
Let us explore the top 10 things found underwater and learn some amazing facts about them:
Cape Gannets are some of the most amazing birds that can be found under water and they are often known as missile birds. These birds are capable of diving under water up to the height of 100 ft at 60 miles per hour. Their chest comprises of air sacs that are like bubble wraps and help them to reduce the impact under water and also they have no external nostrils like other birds. Gannets can be usually found under sea water at about 72 feet underneath the ocean’s surface swimming using their wings and feet.
9. Kelp Forests
These are underwater ecosystems that can be found under the shallow waters that are created by brown species of algae known as kelps. Most of these kelps thrive in cold water which is full of nutrients where they remain attached to the seafloor and over a period of time, they grow up to the surface of the water. These kelp forests found underwater can be quite tall and dense with a depth of up to 150 feet. Some of the giant kelps are capable of growing up to 1 to 2 feet per day which look just like a tree cover.
8. World War II Silver
This is among one of the bizarre things that were discovered underwater with about 61 tons of silver that were worth approx $36 million was found in the Atlantic Ocean. The British cargo ship that sank during 1941 was believed to have been lost forever but researchers managed to find this huge treasure in just one location that has the world record. About 20% of the silver of the total silver which was on board was located by a team of researchers in the ocean.
7. Ancient Microbes
In 2012, a team of scientists made a surprising discovery under water when they went to North Pacific Gyre to get some underwater microbe samples. In this process, they found a community of organisms that were barely living due to the presence of very little food and oxygen. Depending on the rate of sedimentation and the depth as well as the location, they managed to find out that the microbes were from long ago.
6. Apollo 11 Rocket Engine
Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos funded this research where his team was able to discover rocket engine parts which were from the Apollo 11 landing mission. This amazing discovery was made during 2013 from the Gulf of Mexico near NASA’s Florida launch site. There was considerable corrosion that was found on the engine, due to the fact that it had remained under water for more than four decades.
5. Rivers and Deep Sea Lakes
A group of cave researchers made this amazing discovery of the existence of underwater river in Mexico that has trees, banks, and leaves that exists amidst just an ordinary river. Actually, this might sound impossible, but it is believed that the river has a combination of salt water and hydrogen sulfide. Compared to the normal salt water, this one is much denser and as a result, it manages to sink at the bottom. This makes it a separate formation that flows like a river.
The deep sea lakes found underwater resemble a regular lake with sandy and rocky shores that are made from plenty of mussels. Yet another strange but fascinating fact that has been discovered by the scientists is that these lakes also have waves of their own.
4. Government Meetings
Maldives is a hot spot for tourists that is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. President Mohammed Nasheed organized an underwater cabinet meeting in Maldives which lasted for 30 minutes and the purpose of this meeting was to discuss the potential dangers of global warming. Dressed in a scuba diving gear, this meeting was held at a depth of 20 feet away from the coast of Male, which is the capital of Maldives. A horseshoe table was used for the meeting and the conversation was carried on using whiteboards and hand gestures.
3. Sculpture Parks
The underwater sculpture Park is the first of its kind display of contemporary art that can be seen under the Caribbean Sea across the West Coast of Grenada. This magnificent artwork was created by Jason deCaires Taylor, British sculptor and this sculpture for opened to the public in 2006. This was the artist’s wonderful way of engaging people with the underwater world and comprises of more than 500 statues that are made from cement resembling a human form.
2. Ancient Underwater City
Hidden beneath 130 feet underwater of Qiandao Lake in China, the ancient city of Shi Cheng is one of the most valuable treasures that lay submerged for nearly 53 years. The Lion City or Shi Cheng was found about 1300 years ago and the Chinese Government wanted to build a hydroelectric power station for which they made a dam and a man-made lake.
1. Underwater Stonehenge
This was one of the most exciting underwater discoveries made by the archeologists who found a Stonehenge kind of monolith figure across the coast of Sicily. This structure was found broken into two parts in standard shape measuring around 3.2 foot in length with three holes with the same diameter. It is believed that this structure was made very long ago.