The Oceans Hide Weird Things
The world deep waters are mystical, dark and full of secrets that are waiting to be discovered. Considering the fact that the humanity hasn’t quite researched the oceans’ bottoms enough, it is a real miracle when crazy things are being brought to the surface. And by crazy things, we mean the first analogue computer old for millenniums, pirates’ fortune, Egyptian artifacts or some odd undeveloped species that haven’t been seen so far.
The massive, geometrically perfect and vast constructions in what has come to be called the Yonaguni monument are one of the great finds of the modern era presenting archaeologists with a challening and mysterious case study off the coast of Japan. his so-called Yonaguni Monument has staircase-like terraces with flat sides and sharp corners. Although the majority of the academic society regard the rock formation as natural joint, Masaaki Kimura, a professor of seismology in University of the Ryukyus and some media believe it is an artificial (or artificially modified) structure engraved or built 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.
2 Jurassic Era Microbes
The deeper you go in the ocean, the bigger the chances are to discover ancient populations of species long thought to be extinct and with little interaction with other species that have evolved to live in the planets changing conditions. These might be the closest we could actually get to a real ‘Jurassic Park’ with some of these species have been in continuous existence for more than 86 million years.
Discovered in 2000, Ancient Heracleion, later known as Thonis was a once great city submerged by rising sea levels in the Meditteranean. Although many of the artifacts can not be removed from site, the ocean has preserved many of the materials that have been recovered phenomenally well. Located near Alexandria in Egypt, it was believed that Paris and Helen of Troy were stranded there on their flight from the jealous Menelaus, before the Trojan War began. Also, it was believed that Heracles himself had visited the city, and that the city had gained its name from him.
The famous Antikythera mechanism is often hailed as one of the most important finds of the 20th century. This gear like object is believed to be the worlds first analog computer. Its highly complex mechanical function is rumored to have allowed far reaching progress in mathematics and astronomy for the Ancient Greeks. Or maybe it belonged to aliens who visited the Earth. We’re just kidding (but it can be one of the possibilities).
5 Bullion Treasure
World war era bullion in gold and silver gets a lot of publicity as they tend to be very high value finds, and have a more recent historical background to them. Famous cases exist of findings of Nazi Silver, and British silver on ships sunk on voyages. Most of the time less than 50% of the total value is recovered in these finds and therefore they tend to hold continued public interest. If you have the time and a good ship, you know what to do…
6 Atocha Motherlode
In 1985, after a 17 year search, Mel Fisher discovered the underwater wreckage of the famous Nuestra Senora de Atocha. This wasn’t just another sunk ship because it was loaded with precious cargo. The ship sank for unknown reasons with precious, off the Florida Keys. It is currently one of the biggest and most valuable finds in history, at $450 million.
7 Doomed Emeralds
If you are dedicated, well equipped and if you know what you are searching for, you might actually find some precious things at the ocean’s bottom just like Diver and treasure hunter Jay Miscovich did. He is credited with discovering the infamous Doomed Emeralds off the coast of Florida. The find was noted for bringing a lot of coverage and piquing the interest of federal officials in the value of Miscovichs assets and other finds. It was believed that the raw green emeralds were doomed. Miscovich committed a suicide, and the emeralds’ reputation was cemented.