Since the dawn of man, human beings have been obsessed with the ocean. There’s something about the literal sea of mystery, that incredibly vast unknown that fascinates us and appeals to our inquisitive nature and insatiable lust for knowledge. For millennia, mankind has sailed the seas in search of treasure, monsters, and adventure (although the first two haven’t always been found, the third is almost always obtained). Despite the fact our nautical technology is the best that it has ever been, the human race has explored less than five percent of the ocean and it is unlikely that we will scrape double digits anytime soon.
While we may be able to navigate our way across the ocean’s surface, much of what lies beneath our boats and cruise ships remains unexplored and, quite frankly, inaccessible. For this reason, it is impossible for us to rule out the existence of much-talked about sea monsters such as the kraken, Ogopogo, and everybody’s favorite, the Loch Ness Monster. Of course, that doesn’t mean that scientists and cryptozoologists haven’t tried to locate such creatures using deep sea cameras and similar technologies. The journey to conclusive evidence of the existence of these monsters is ongoing, but some interesting - not to mention creepy - things have popped up along the way and some pretty startling discoveries have been made. We’re going to be looking at some of them today.
Here are 15 creepy photos of things discovered in deep seas.
15 Deep Sea Aliens
Over the past decade or two, there has developed a belief among ufologists that the existence of aliens is not just limited to the skies above. Some of the most fanatical alien believers insist that extraterrestrial life can be found in the deepest, darkest regions of the ocean.
While some marine biologists would disagree with the suggestion that aliens dwell in the waters of Earth, it’s pretty difficult to deny that many of the creatures who lurk in the greatest depths of the ocean could pass for extraterrestrial beings (and exceptionally terrifying ones, at that). Take, for example, the glass squid, which dwells at a level of the ocean so deep that light cannot even reach it. The glass squid, though rarely seen, is said to be almost entirely transparent and equipped with long tentacles with an eye on top of each.
14 The Baltic Sea Anomaly
By this point, I think the vast majority of us are desensitized to footage purportedly showing an alien aircraft flying through the sky. Some of our most loyal ufologist readers may even be used to seeing pictures of wrecks of once-flying saucers buried in Earth’s soil. It is rare, however, that a UFO is found in the ocean. This is what makes the Baltic Sea Anomaly so special.
The object which has come to be known as “the Baltic Sea Anomaly” is disc-shaped and as of yet unidentified, though many are convinced that it is the ruins of an alien spacecraft, lost 300 feet below the Baltic Sea during a mission gone wrong. Whatever the Anomaly is, it is 200 feet wide and a staggering 140,000 years old. Scientists who have attempted to study the ancient object have confirmed that it is made of metal and seems to be fitted with a “staircase leading to a dark hole”.
13 World War II Plane
During the Second World War, this Douglas Dakota DC-3 was used to transport a Turkish paratroop regiment from mission to mission. Unlike a lot of World War II planes which subsequently ended up under water, this particular aircraft managed to make it through the war intact. In fact, the plane would remain in almost pristine condition for several decades following the fall of the Third Reich and would not find its way to the ocean floor until the summer of 2009, when it was deliberately sunk just off the coast of Kas, Turkey,
Since its intentional sinking, the former World War II plane has become something of an underwater playground for deep sea divers, with many visiting to marvel at the 65-feet-long plane’s size and speculate on the fates of those who once flew in it.
12 The Mystery Eyeball
We are all familiar with the stories of gigantic sea monsters lurking in the deepest, darkest corners of the ocean. The kraken, the Loch Ness Monster, and Cadborosaurus are just some of the terrifying creatures said to inhabit the waters of the world. If the legend is to be believed, these sea monsters are powerful enough to destroy entire ships and clever enough to consistently avoid being photographed or harpooned.
The vast majority of people - myself included - believe sea monsters to be little more than amusing legends, but even I found myself feeling creeped out after seeing this picture. Here, we are shown a giant eye which was taken from the waters of Florida and is large enough to cover two adult palms. Scientists and marine biologists have struggled to establish exactly what creature the single peeper belonged to, but it probably wasn’t a goldfish.
11 Message In A Bottle
For decades, maybe even centuries, the idea of finding a message in a bottle has been romanticized. Most people who visit a beach do so with some vague fantasy of stumbling upon a water-battered message in a bottle, connecting them with some long-forgotten romantic 200 years and thousands of miles removed.
When a Californian Reddit user retrieved a message in a bottle from the ocean in the summer of 2014, she was shocked by what was printed on the paper inside. Rather than a jovial message from a like-minded individual on the other side of the world, the bottle was stuffed with the image of a 1980s-esque businesswoman. The seemingly random picture had a number of pins jammed through it, leading many to believe it had been used in some sort of voodoo ritual before being set adrift.
10 Skeleton Picnic
In May of 2015, an American scuba diver was shocked when he stumbled upon a pretty disturbing scene while swimming among the seaweed and the fishes. Rather than the long-lost treasure he was likely seeking, the scuba diver discovered two skeletons, both clad in sunglasses and each held down to a deck chair by a collection of stones. The understandably horrified diver quickly returned to the surface and reported what he had seen to the authorities, who quickly launched a search for what they believed to be legitimate bodies. Ultimately, the skeletons were proven to be little more than props left by a marketing firm in some bizarre promotional stunt. Nevertheless, the scuba diver who made the creepy discovery remained understandably shaken by what he saw.
9 Wreck Of The RMS Lusitania
When the RMS Lusitania was launched in Liverpool in 1906, it was the biggest ship in the world (a title it would eventually lose to the Mauretania, its sister ship).
Despite the fact it was not a military ship, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat during the First World War. At the time of its sinking, 1,266 passengers were aboard the Lusitania, along with 696 crew members. Of the 1,962 total people who were on the ship when it began to sink, 1,198 lost their lives in the icy water of the Atlantic Ocean. To this day, the wreck of the RMS Lusitania sits decaying deep in the ocean, ironically just a few meters away from Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse.
8 The Maluku Monster
Coming at you from the deepest oceans of Indonesia is the Maluku Monster, a name I just coined for this rather disgusting supposed sea monster that washed up in Maluku on the Indonesian island of Seram.
The Maluku Monster actually washed up overnight and, owing to its gargantuan size, was originally believed to be a boat by the locals who were unable to properly see the creature. When the morning rolled around, however, those same locals were shocked to find themselves face to face with the corpse of a 15-meter long sea monster. Although marine biologists have struggled to determine what the monster is - or was, considering the fact it had been dead for three days by the time it washed ashore - tests were able to rule out the possibility of it being a whale.
7 Locomotive Graveyard
Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent movie classic The General left us with one of early cinema’s most enduring scenes. I’m talking, of course, about the moment a locomotive attempts to cross an unsteady bridge which ultimately collapses under the weight of the vehicle. The train plunges into the ocean below, in what is said to be the single most expensive shot in the history of silent films.
It is this scene which came to the minds of many when a team of New Jersey archaeologists stumbled upon a genuine underwater locomotive graveyard. The trains were dated all the way back to the 1850s, almost 200 years ago, and no explanation could be given as to how they were sunk. To make the mystery even more unsettling there is no record of the discarded trains ever having been built at all.
6 The Blobfish
In September of 2013, the blobfish had the dubious honor of being voted the “World’s Ugliest Animal” by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (yes, it’s a thing). While you can’t help but feel a little bad for the blobfish, it’s difficult to argue against the fact that it was more than deserving of that award.
The blobfish is an exclusively deep sea fish and generally resides in the waters of mainland Australia, a country known for its many weird and wonderful (not to mention terrifying) creatures. While the blobfish doesn’t pose any actual threat to humans, its sagging, drooling face - which actually kind of reminds me of writer and director Woody Allen - is the stuff of nightmares and is difficult to look at for more than a couple of seconds.
5 The Giant Squid
For centuries, the giant squid was believed to be a work of fiction. Although countless sailors insisted that they had encountered these gargantuan cephalopods during their time at sea, the vast majority of biologists and scientific minds put such sightings down to exhaustion and cabin fever. In 2004, however, a team of Japanese researchers finally managed to capture footage of a living giant squid in its natural habitat, removing all doubt as to the existence of the magnificent but simultaneously creepy creature.
So why did it take us so long to prove the existence of the giant squid? Well, the giant squid is a deep sea dwelling animal and rarely comes anywhere near the surface. A living example of deep sea gigantism, the giant squid is thought to grow up to 13 meters in length, which equates to a shocking 43 feet.
4 The Lost City
Lost cities are a mainstay of myths and legends and have been popping up in our storybooks for centuries. Atlantis, the most famous of all lost cities, has inspired dozens of movies, books, and documentaries and has been the focus of several serious and well-funded expeditions intended to track it down once and for all. At this point, however, it’s starting to look like the lost city of Atlantis is simply a work of fiction, created by Plato to explain the dangers of greed and corruption.
Unlike the lost city of Atlantis, the lost city of Heracleion certainly is real, although it can no longer be described as being lost. Heracleion was an Egyptian city and became one of the country’s most important locations towards the end of the Pharaohs. The city sank shortly after the common era and its ruins lay undiscovered for thousands of years, before finally being located by Franck Goddio, an underwater archaeologist. Among Goddio’s disturbing finds was the gigantic severed head from the statue of a once-proud Pharaoh, who likely believed their massive stone likeness would stand forever.
3 Stonehenge, But Underwater
Back in 2007, two professors at Northwestern Michigan University College were using sonar equipment to search for long-forgotten shipwrecks. While they didn’t find any sunken boats or long-lost, barnacle encrusted treasure chests, they did find something that sent scientists and archaeologists alike into a frenzy.
Beneath the waters of Lake Michigan, these humble college professors stumbled upon what can only be described as “Stonehenge, but under water”. The man-made stone monument is thought to be several millennia old and contains boulders decorated with drawings of mastodons, an animal that is believed to have gone extinct 10,000 years ago. Not wishing to lose their breathtaking discovery to the media and scuba diving thieves, the professors who found this underwater Stonehenge have refused to release its specific location, so we’ll have to make do with pictures.
2 The Antikythera Mechanism
Just how the Antikythera mechanism ended up under water is not certain. Nor is it clear why it was stored in a wooden box by the last mysterious Greek to touch it. What is generally agreed upon, however, is that this crumbling, glorified collection of cogs suggests that the Ancient Greeks were even more advanced than historians originally thought.
Commonly described as an “ancient computer”, the Ancient Greeks used the Antikythera mechanism to predict the positions of stars and prepare for eclipses. It may have even been used to keep track of the four-year cycle of the sporting event which would later become the Olympics we know today. The Antikythera mechanism was discovered aboard the Antikythera wreck in 1901 and its construction has been dated as far back as 205 BC, which makes it more than 2000 years old.
1 The Queen Anne’s Revenge
Although the Queen Anne’s Revenge was launched in England in 1710 as a humble merchant vessel, it was captured by the French in 1711 and turned into a slave ship. Six years later - after half a decade of blood and tears had been shed on deck - the Queen Anne’s Revenge fell into the hook-hands of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
With the Queen Anne’s Revenge as his flagship, Blackbeard carried out his notorious misdeeds, looting and murdering at his leisure. In the summer of 2013, the National Geographic Society reported that it had recovered a cannon from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which had been untouched at the bottom of the sea for centuries. The cannon, though crumbling, was a somber reminder of the horrid behavior of Blackbeard and forced many to reevaluate the manner in which modern society glorifies the pirates of old.