21. F4U CORSAIR
The submerged World War II plane ran out of fuel, and the quick-thinking pilot changed trajectory and landed in the ocean. According to the story, the pilot was able to free himself from the plane before it sank and survived the crash.
20. THE LOST CITY OF HERACLEION
For five years, famed archaeologist Frank Goddio embarked on an epic journey in search of the lost Egyptian city. When he was almost ready to give up, he stumbled upon the ruins by accident.
19. THE GHOST FLEET
Imagine diving and coming across this eerie undersea graveyard. The “Ghost Fleet” is a World War II-era underwater grave with over 40 vehicles bombed near Chuuk Lagoon.
18. SCULPTURE PARK
The warm Caribbean waters of Cancun, Mexico, offer this unique attraction for divers where they can see over 500 life-like sculptures.
17. MANGANESE BALLS
Taking a break from sunken treasures, these naturally occurring manganese balls have kept scientists stumped for decades. No one quite knows how or why they form, but they can be just millimeters wide to watermelon-sized.
16. MS ZENOBIA
A 10,000 ton ferry sank to the bottom of the ocean in Larnaca Bay in Cyprus in the 1980’s and rests there still today.
15. THE UNDERWATER RIVER
Skilled divers can access the “Underwater River,” also known as “Cenote Angelita Cave.” The trees and plants which appear to grow out of the “river,” are actually just an optical illusion caused by a cloud of hydrogen sulfide interacting with the saltwater.
14. USS ORISKANY
The aircraft carrier saw years of warfare through both the Korean and Vietnam Wars before finally being sunk. It’s now a part of the world’s largest artificial coral reef.
13. TRAIN GRAVEYARD
In 1985, archaeologists discovered a “train graveyard” off the coast of New Jersey, with locomotives and train cars dating back to the 1850’s. Not surprised New Jersey would waste them…
12. YONAGUNI MONUMENT
Off the coast of Japan is the Yonaguni Monument, a massive stone structure believed to be over 5,000 years old.
11. SS PRESIDENT COOLIDGE
The large ship saw its seafaring days end after succumbing to a series of underwater mines.
10. THE TITANIC
You know the story, so we won’t bore you with details. “We’ll never let go, Jack.” (Note: “Jack” was not a real person. Well, the movie “Jack” anyway.)
9. “ANCIENT” CHINESE CITY
China’s Qiandao Lake is the home of this “ancient” city, which really isn’t ancient at all since the city was purposely submerged by a construction company.
8. SS THISTLEGORM
The British merchant ship was sunk in WWII in the Red Sea, and contains everything from vehicles and motorcycles, to ammunition and other weaponry.
7. IRISH SILVER
Researchers in Ireland discovered this huge 61 ton haul of World War II-era silver off the coast, nestled in a British cargo ship.
6. THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM
Discovered in the early 1900’s, the Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient analog “computer” used to predict the movement of the moon and stars, and dates back to somewhere between 100 and 205 BCE.
5. APOLLO 11 ROCKETS
Once thought lost to the ocean, the rockets were discovered using sonar technology in the Atlantic, led by a team of researchers funded by Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. Amazing.
This Canadian schooner from 1867 sunk in Big Tub Harbour in 1885. It’s only 10 feet underwater, so even novice divers can go searching it’s 100-year-old corridors.
3. BLACKBEARD’S CANNONS
Nope, it’s not “Pirates of the Caribbean”, or maybe it is. Edward Teach, aka, Blackbeard, sunk the Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of North Carolina, along with the millions of pounds of treasures, artifacts, and this cannon weighing over 3,000 lbs.
2. ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN SHIPWRECK
For thousands of years, a legend persisted of an ancient merchant vessel that sunk with jewels and pottery in the Mediterranean. Finally, in 2014, divers off the coast of Malta found the ancient Phoenician shipwreck with many of the old pots and golden treasures still intact.
1. LAKE MICHIGAN STONEHENGE
OK, it’s not the sea, but we had to include Lake Michigan’s “Stonehenge,” this prehistoric rock formation that contains engravings of a mastodon.
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