Seven Weird Discoveries from the Ocean Floor
Occupying two-thirds of the earth’s surface, the oceans in the world are replete with mysteries that are often mind-blogging. When it comes to the ocean floor, your amazement would take further flights. The deep see divers have successfully explored the bottom of oceans at different places and came across some of the strangest things from there. Seven strangest things discovered from the ocean floor are being briefly described as under:
Kraken—the Legendary Sea Monster
Said to have dwelled off the coast of Norway and Greenland, it has got a sheer size and fearsome appearance. In numerous works of fictions, it is a common ocean-dwelling beast. The researchers recognize it a giant squid that can reach the size of several feet. It was the year 2001 when the first ever living specimen of the creature, along with its larva, was observed. Ten years later, Discovery Channel showed the footage of the living adult.
Lazarus Fish—Discovered after Extinction
Believed to have gone extinct with dinosaurs about 65 million years ago, the marine biologists emerged with the amazing discovery of its living specimen in 1938 off the coast of Africa. Later on, another member of the order Coelacanth was found in Indonesia which had undergone evolutionary changes in the genetic makeup over the period of millions of years. Here the bad news for fish lovers is that Lazarus fish is inedible, and the deep sea fishermen consider it a bad catch.
Heracleion—the Ancient City of Thonis
The natural calamities often bring mass scale destruction for humans and other creatures on the planet earth. Sometimes, event the entire cities are wiped out of the face of earth or buried into the depths of the oceans. One of the examples of cities that were engulfed by the sea is that of Heracleion, an ancient city of Thonis. Lying off the coast of Egypt, some parts of this antique Greek dwelling have been excavated. The treasures, found herein, are indicative of the fact that it was a prosperous and wealthy city.
Remains of Apollo 11
The aircraft Apollo 11 was launched in 1969 with its takeoff engine settled into the depths of ocean. The remains have been there for decades. However, Jeff Bezos the Amazon CEO, decided to recover the machinery of the legendary flight in 2013 with great success. It has been planned that the two engines and other parts, recovered from the place, would be showcased at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Meanwhile, the process for their restoration to original shape in underway.
Antikythera—the First Analog Computer of Greek Origin
Thousands of years ago, Greeks invented a machine with complex gear mechanism which is thought to be the world’s first ever analog computer. It is amazing to note that this great invention remained unknown to several generations of humans until it was rediscovered in the year 1900. Though the true function of this complex gear mechanism is still a secret, the researchers are of the view that it would have been designed to make predictions about the solar and lunar eclipses based on Babylonian arithmetic cycles.
Mysterious Round-shaped Object from Baltic Sea
A couple of years back, a Swedish-based diving group, called Ocean X Team, undertook an expedition into the depth of Baltic Sea. They emerged with the discovery of a round cylindrical object, the origin and functions of which are still an unsolved mystery. According to some experts, it is a ‘new Stonehenge’ while others regard it an ordinary rock formation. Still others believe it to be an extraterrestrial spacecraft or an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) that crashed into the ocean.
Treasure of Thousands of Emeralds
The seventh weirdest thing, recovered from the ocean floor, in out listing is that of the treasure of thousands of emeralds that are worth millions. These were found in 2010 in the Gulf Coast of Florida by Jay Miscovich, an amateur diver and treasure seeker. But, unfortunately, instead of becoming a millionaire overnight, he was permitted by the court to keep the wealth in his custody only for a short period and was not allowed to sell even a carat of it. Another sad fact associated with the event is that Jay Miscovich committed suicide and the cause of this desperate action is not 100% clear.