The world can be a creepy place at times, and sometimes, the creepiest things can be found in the strangest of places. The ocean is a mysterious place indeed because we have yet to even investigate all of it. The depths are so deep that some of them have been left undiscovered. That’s where stories such as the Lochness Monster or the Kraken come from; we really have no idea what's deep, deep down there, so it can seem like a terrifying place. More and more people are becoming interested in deep sea diving, and because of that, we're learning more about what’s down there. But some of it is so creepy that we wish we didn’t know. There are plenty of things lurking below that give us pause.
As we all know, the earth is made up mostly of water, and there is a lot of water that we haven’t even explored yet. What lies there just waiting for us? Divers, of course, are intensely passionate about the ocean, and they go down there for discovery alone. They are transported to a world like nothing we've seen before. The ocean is, no doubt, one of the most beautiful places available to us, and the discoveries are often magical and wondrous, but that doesn’t mean that they're not also creepy as well. Divers are discovering some creepy things below, and some of those things have no explanation whatsoever. Come down the rabbit hole, and see what these divers have come across during their adventures.
15 The Mysterious Diver
This is what one person had to say about a mysterious diver: "Me and two buddies were on a night dive in the Puget Sound hunting prawns. It was about one AM, and we're a good hundred feet deep -- the darkest black you could imagine. We used to do this thing on night dives where we'd get in a circle, turn off our lights, then stir up the water and watch the bio-luminescence float around us like floating stars in a black watery space. Beautiful. Only this one time, we turn off our lights, stir up the water, and the water glows just enough to reveal a fourth person sitting in our circle. We were at a dive resort, so it wasn't so odd to see another diver, only it was one AM -- we'd seen no one else prepping a dive at the dock.
"He was also alone, which was odd considering the dangerous conditions of a night dive in those waters, and he had no fins or gloves. I don't know how he swam so well without fins or didn't get hypothermia without boots or gloves. We wore dry suits because it was so cold, but this dude was in a wetsuit with exposed skin. We thought we saw a giant gash in one of the legs. So, the three of us all notice him, and we're too f*cking scared to move. I can hear my buddies panting in their regs, and the guy just smiles, waves, then swims away. Whenever you think you're alone and someone just shows up, like in an alley at night, it's weird. 100 feet underwater at night is terrifying. (Ranker)"
14 A Plane But No Pilot
Can you imagine going for a dive and spotting a plane at the bottom of the ocean?
“On one other occasion, we were recovering a military aircraft. When we arrived, naval ships were on scene waiting for us to recover it for them. We were quickly briefed that they had lost communication with the pilot and wanted us to recover it so that they could investigate. I was sitting comms and logs [communicate with divers and monitor depth & bottom time] when the divers reached the project. They reported that the plane was intact. We were all surprised. The supervisor asked how extensive the damage was. And they explained it was completely intact. As in, there was no visible damage at all. It was just resting on the bottom. Even stranger, the aircraft canopy was still in place. That means that the cockpit is still sealed, in other words, the pilot did not eject. But there was no sign of the pilot. We recovered the plane, and the military took custody of it. We never heard about it again. (Reddit)”
13 The Missing Diver
Diving can be a serious hobby, one that you can’t take lightly because it can be dangerous at times. You're going deep into the ocean, and many things can go wrong if you aren’t careful. In the case of one diver, the worst happened, and he was considered a missing person. When he was discovered, it turned into a mysterious case indeed.
"I was diving off the Florence, Oregon Coast with some friends, and we found a body on the ocean floor in the creepiest condition possible. He was a surfer who'd gone missing a few days prior, so he wore a wetsuit with his legs, arms, and head exposed. Crabs had eaten the flesh from his exposed bits, so, basically, he was a torso with a skull and skeletal limbs." (Ranker)
That would not have been a pretty sight.
12 For the Love of Snorkeling
Snorkeling can be a fun hobby; it allows you to do some diving without going too deep. You get the experience of being underwater without the commitment that deep sea divers have. And it’s generally not a dangerous hobby to have. That’s what a few teenagers thought until something came out of the deep dark ocean and started to chase them.
"I was a teen and snorkeling with my dad in Hawaii. Really enjoying ourselves, tons of fish and some smaller sea turtles and no other people. All of a sudden, a sea turtle the size of a Mini Cooper starts swimming towards us -- came completely out of the dark of the ocean. Scared the piss out of me [literally]. I've never swum back to shore so fast in my life. We got back to the shore, walked around to some cliffs, and could see the turtle's shell on the surface. It was easily the size of a small car." (Ranker)
11 The Cave That Lit Up
Now this story is kinda cool if you don't fright easily.
"I was diving off the coast of Fiji, and we went through a natural tunnel. So, we start swimming through the cave, and suddenly the light was weird, like the blue tint from the water has been replaced by a red one. Now all divers will know that this isn't only weird because the color changed, but also because red is the first color to disappear after a certain depth, and we were over 70ft deep. Also, bare [sic] in mind this was late morning on a sunny day. So, imagine this scene: me and my dive buddy are going through an underwater cave and suddenly everything, for no apparent reason, is tinted red, a color that you are literally supposed to be unable to see while diving at that depth during the day. Upon exiting the cave, everything was back to blue. I thought it was just me, so I didn't signal to go back up. After the dive, my buddy asked me if I'd seen the water tint red too. We can't explain it, and the folks from the local dive shop had no idea what we were talking about." (Reddit)
It’s probably a cave that should be avoided.
10 The Body Snatcher
There are so many frightening stories just like this one that really makes you wonder why people go diving at all.
“I'm not entirely sure how to explain this next dive. I was on the bottom, laying on my back staring up towards the surface. All I could see were varying shades of darkness. Suddenly I came to my senses. I had no memory of how I got here. I realized I couldn't remember getting into the water, or even why I was here. I tried to will my body to stand up but realized I couldn't move. I couldn't control my body. Over the comms, I could hear topside instructing the other diver to find me. How long had I been down here? How long had I been missing? He told topside that 'they grabbed him.' I tried to shout out, but I couldn't even do that. After a few frantic minutes of communication between the diver and topside, I noticed a shadow growing clear. It was moving toward me. 'Topside, I've found him.' He reached down and grabbed my harness to drag me back to our dive stage. As he pulled me, I rolled over and got a brief glance at my surroundings. I had been laying in a pile of human bones." (Reddit)
9 Creepy Doll
There are lots of places that you would expect to find a doll, but underwater isn’t one of them -- especially if it’s found in an area underwater that you wouldn’t really expect. You wouldn’t think that there would be a reason to find a doll underwater, but it's highly likely some kid just dropped it one time at the beach. I’m not a big fan of random dolls just popping up out of nowhere, I’ve watched too many horror movies, so I can understand how these divers must have felt.
"I was scuba diving down a ledge that was dim, and a bit murky. A doll's head lodged on the ledge face made me scream into my regulator...oh yeah -- and was covered with a slight film of algae for that creepy aged look. I had a great time leading my buddy over to have the same shock." (Reddit) Yes, and he probably wanted to kill him after -- I know I would want to. Yikes!
8 Ghosts of the Sea
Some people have jobs that require them to look for creepy things, and hats off to them because I wouldn’t want to.
“The Paranormal Divers snapped what they call the world’s first underwater ghost photo. Taken in a flooded underground cavern at 130 feet, the photo reportedly shows a diver’s face mask floating in murky water. A member of the team snapped the pic after hearing screams coming from the bottom of the cavern. 'We panned deeply and shot the black water and the sound of the screaming voice which was the exact site of a diver death,' reads a report on ParanormalDivers.com. 'This is the real thing. To our knowledge, it’s the first underwater ghost photo ever taken.'" (Ranker)
I’m not sure if I agree with the claims about the photo; it’s pretty dark, and really, it could be anything, but we’ll leave the speculating to the divers.
7 Mysterious Bubbles
Hmm, bubbles. Are they mysterious? They are according to this Redditor.
“I witnessed another strange occurrence from topside at the location of a planned demolition. It's necessary to explain that one way you can keep track of a diver is to watch their bubble stream. When a diver inhales, the helmet's demand regulator provides air from their umbilical. Then when they exhale, it is exhausted into the water and floats up to the surface. On topside, you can watch the bubbles to get a general sense of where the divers are. Now on this occasion, we were hundreds of miles from land and had placed two divers in the water. About an hour into the dive, we started noticing something strange was happening. There were three distinct bubble streams coming from where they were working. At first, we assumed that there was a current and it was affecting them. But soon we noticed a fourth set of bubbles coming from a distance. It stopped about 20 feet from the divers, near the other mysterious bubbles. We asked the divers, but neither could see anything out of the ordinary. Then, even from the surface, we heard a blood-curdling screech from the waters. Then silence. The divers weren't too concerned; we hear strange things all the time. Sound travels well in the water, and you learn to assume it's a long distance away. But soon, it looked like the water in the distance was boiling, and it was getting closer. It wasn't boiling though. It was countless new bubble streams moving nearer to the location our divers were working. The supervisor ordered the divers to get onto the dive stage to be lifted back to surface. The bubbles were frighteningly close now, and the divers being lifted out said they had begun seeing shadowed figures in the distance. They couldn't quite make out what they were though." (Reddit)
6 A Human Head
We're probably betting that there are a lot of people buried in the ocean; it’s almost a joke at times that there are organizations, like the mob, that use the ocean as their own personal burial ground. There are probably a lot of skeletal remains at the bottom of the ocean, so finding bodies could probably be a handy pastime if you really wanted it to be. One diver got more than he bargained for when he went diving. “We were diving today at a spot where we find lots of old steamship pottery....and found the right side of a human skull!! It had been underwater a long time....we dive this area frequently and have never found anything like this there. Very creepy....so I am wondering what other creepy things have been found? (Reddit)” I can’t even imagine coming across a skull; it’s so Pirates of the Caribbean.
5 The Glove With a Hand in It
Yikes, talk about gross and probably the last discovery you would ever want to have in your life. It kind of reminds me of I Know What You Did Last Summer. Maybe there's a fisherman out there with a hook now that he doesn’t have a hand any longer. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to find something that gruesome, but these divers do. "I was diving with some friends and found a fisherman's glove with a hand still inside of it... We brought the glove to the local police, and they told us that they hadn't received any kind of report of a guy with a missing hand (Reddit)." Good for them for returning it to the police but totally weird that no one was reported to have lost a hand. It really makes you wonder…
4 The Appearance of Mysterious Shells
So, you're on a dive for your job, just doing your thing, and all of a sudden, you find ocean seashells in your tool bag. Not only that, but the shells have mysterious alien-like hieroglyphics on the side of them. Where did the shells come from, and why were they put inside a diver's bag?
“On the way to a job we were contracted to perform, our propeller became fouled. I suited up and prepared to make a quick dive to remove the fouling. I did a brief inspection and located thick line wrapped around the prop and shaft. I notified the supervisor, who then lowered a canvas bag with the tools I needed to cut it off. I hung the bag from the shaft and began freeing the propeller. It didn't take long, and I returned to my tool bag. I noticed a strange crunching sound when I dropped the tools in the bag. When I looked in the bag, it was full of large shells, many of which I had just crushed. After getting out of the water and stripping off my gear, I began examining them. The shells had what appeared to be hieroglyphics etched into them. I learned from one of the senior guys that this wasn't common, but had happened to several of them before. (Reddit)”
3 An Eerie Speedboat
We have to wonder how some things end up at the bottom of the ocean and why no one ever thinks to try to retrieve them. If you sunk a boat, wouldn’t you want to try to get it out? But then there are times when you see something that you can’t explain, and maybe that’s for the best.
"I like kayaking when I get the chance, but one day on a lake up in Glacier Nation Park, Montana, I saw a small boat. A little, vintage looking, tiny motorboat. The little tiny mini speed boats you always see in '70s movies set in Miami or something. Just a few feet underwater, perfectly preserved. I could reach down and touch it. There were no signs of damage, no signs of why it sunk. It was eerie. I had to leave because for some reason it just freaked me out. The idea that something could sit, inches from the air but still submerged for years, probably. It made me so uncomfortable, and I don't know why." (Reddit)
2 Scary Salvages
These mysterious stories really creep me out, and there’s a reason why. They're unexplained, and even people in positions of authority want nothing to do with them.
“During a dive near the Bahamas, I had a frightening experience. It was my first salvage job with them, so I got in with a highly experienced diver. At just over 200 feet deep, we were examining the sunken vessel for rigging points. As I approached the bow of the ship, I noticed he was investigating a damaged portion of the hull. He swam a few feet into the ship looking around. I asked him a few times if he wanted me to tend his umbilical (air supply hose) from just outside the ship (it's highly advisable since it's dangerous to enter a sunken ship) to which he stated no. He didn't want to enter the ship. He insisted he was on the port side of the ship. Assuming he was disoriented, I reached in to grab him. Just before touching him, I realized there were no bubbles coming from the helmet. Whatever this was, it wasn't breathing. I backed up and reported that something else was down here. I expected mockery, but there was none. The next thing I heard was the diving supervisor. 'Both divers, square yourselves away and get ready to leave bottom.' When back on the surface, I asked the supervisor about it; he said he refused to put his divers in exceptionally dangerous situations. He then refused to clarify. We declined to complete the salvage." (Reddit)
1 Terrifying Story
Here's a story about suspicious bags at the bottom of the ocean, as recounted by a Redditor:
"The military had found a site in which they believed the bodies of several missing World War Two sailors would be found. I entered the water with another diver with body bags to carry the remains. On the bottom, we eventually found three skeletons. We placed them in the bags and returned to the stage. On our return trip to the surface, we saw the bags begin to move. At first very slightly, then violently shaking and rolling. Bubbles escaped from two of the bags, and then they went still. The third bag continued struggling. We reached the surface and sat down on the deck, stripping our gear immediately. We were afraid to touch the bags, but one of the tenders eventually unzipped the moving bag. An old, frail, very alive man rolled out coughing water. We stood shocked, unable to comprehend what we were witnessing. Still not sure what I was doing, I ran to the other two bags and unzipped them. There were two more old men lying motionless in the bags. They appeared to have just drowned. We attempted CPR but were unable to revive the men. The man, who was somehow now alive, was backing away from us. Screaming of the horrors he'd witnessed. He screamed about an eternity spent burning. We locked him in a room and contacted the military that we had found a 'survivor' Within the hour a military chopper was hovering over us to pick up the two bodies and the survivor. We had placed the bodies back in their bags and handed them over. The man bent over to inspect them, unzipping the bags. As he opened the bags, an unbearable stench overtook us. The bodies appeared to be in decay as if they'd been dead and soaking in the water for a week. He zipped it back up and had them lifted into the chopper. Then we escorted him to the survivor. We could hear the screaming from down the hall. We opened the door and saw blood splattered on the walls. He was alive and screaming, but he too appeared to have started decaying. The man calmly walked him to the chopper, and the two of them were lifted onboard. We never heard about them again. However, I went back and examined the room. With his blood, he had drawn hieroglyphics on the walls. I'm still not certain of what I viewed, but there were a few things that seemed to stand out. Waves, flames, and bodies. There was a tremendous amount of them on the walls, but shortly after I walked in, our supervisor began scrubbing the walls. He refused to let us examine it any further." (Reddit)
Sources: Reddit; Ranker