Given their sometimes-unfathomable depths, large bodies of water are often filled with all sorts of amazing mysteries. After all, once something sinks to the bottom of the ocean, it’s almost impossible to find ever again. Heck, even something as massive as the wreck of the Titanic took decades to locate!
When those mysteries do resurface (sometimes literally), they’re often the most unbelievable finds you could ever dream up. Here are some of the most startling things people have found at the bottom of deep bodies of water. You really won’t believe them…
1. The Millennium Falcon: In 2012, this circular, 200-foot-long object was discovered deep in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. Nobody knows exactly what it is, but it sure looks a lot like the most iconic spaceship in Star Wars, doesn’t it?
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2. A prosthetic leg: It was bad enough when Wisconsin’s Mark Warner lost his prosthetic leg in a lake while canoeing, but it was even worse when a beaver swam away with it! Luckily, two men eventually found it. They received a $50 reward for their efforts.
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3. Live bombs: In June 1988, in Lake Washington outside of Seattle, a 100-pound bomb from World War II was found… and it was still live! Nobody’s sure how it got there, but warplanes did used to fly through the skies above.
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4. Artifacts from a ghost town: “Ghost town” took on a new meaning when the small town of Bluffton, Texas, was intentionally washed away during the filling of Lake Buchanan. However, in 2011, relics of the town began to surface, including a two-story hotel and several tombstones.
5. A lost public servant: Tom Sublett was a commissioner of Glynn County, Georgia, whose body was found at the bottom of a local lake on December 1, 2012. Despite the bullet hole in his head and the fact that his hands were bound, his mysterious death was ruled a suicide…
Yet no suicide note was ever found from Sublett, and he had no history of drug problems, financial troubles, or any similar issues. An empty holster for a gun was discovered in his car, but there was no actual gun recovered. We may never know what happened.
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6. Missing vehicles: Two long-lost cars were finally found at the bottom of Foss Lake in Elk City, Oklahoma, in 2013. The first, which was a 1969 Camaro that originally went missing on November 20, 1970, also contained the bodies of three teenagers who’d gone missing at the same time.
The other was a Chevrolet from the 1950s, with its own trio of deceased teenagers, none of whom were ever identified. Police were unsure of what the connection between these vehicles may have been, although they didn’t suspect that there was any foul play involved.
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7. Strange carvings: In 2007, a team of archaeologists from Northwestern Michigan College discovered an object at the bottom of Lake Michigan that has been compared to Stonehenge. There was even a carving of a mastodon, suggesting that this may have been truly ancient!
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8. Human skeletons: In 1942, several skeletons were found in surprisingly good condition in a highly elevated lake in the heart of the Himalayas known as Roopkund. They remained a mystery until 2004, when they were traced back to the year 850.
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9. A mysterious mound: In 2003, using sonar technology, researchers happened upon this unusual mound in Israel’s Sea of Galilee. Shaped almost like a cone, it was 230 feet long and 32 feet high, and it weighed 60,000 tons. Experts speculated that it may have once held some sort of ceremonial significance, and dated it to somewhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old. The problem is that it’s so deep that it’s difficult to study.
10. Prehistoric fossil: Lake Labynkyr in Russia’s Sakha Republic made headlines on February 1, 2013, when researchers announced that they found skeletal remains of something that looked like the famed Loch Ness Monster… except it was even older. They never officially released any pictures, however, only adding to the mystery.
11. Nuclear bomb materials: In 1944, at the bottom of Norway’s Lake Tinn, Allied soldiers in a submarine sunk an enemy ferry. The ferry was used by Nazi scientists to secretly transport materials that would’ve helped them build a nuclear bomb. The wreckage was finally discovered in the 1990s.
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12. A creepy chair: A Redditor once claimed that he was “exploring the bottom of Pavilion Lake for NASA” when he found this chair, which happened to still be standing upright despite being almost 115 feet underwater. Strange…
13. A statue of Jesus: This 11-foot, 1,800-pound, Italian-marble statue of Jesus Christ at the bottom of Lake Michigan was commissioned in 1956 by an Italian family who wanted to honor their late son. However, on the trip to the United States, the sculpture was damaged, and the family wouldn’t accept it. So, how’d it end up in the lake?
A local diving team bought the statue so it could serve as a memorial to deceased divers. Now it serves as a popular tourist attraction in Lake Michigan, where it can be seen from boats on the surface of the water.
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14. An airplane: In September 2013, an entire airplane was found at the bottom of Lake Norman in North Carolina. No one was inside, and there weren’t even any reports of the crash in the area, so nobody knew the plane’s origin until a local woman named Barbara Anderson claimed that it was hers…
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Apparently, flight instructors who had been using the plane in 1974 forgot to lock the parking brake properly and it rolled into the lake and sunk. It would have remained submerged were it not for sonar equipment!
15. A spooky doll’s head: “My brother and I found this at the bottom of a lake,” claimed one Reddit user who said he’d been diving for clams at the time. It could’ve just been an old doll or some other toy that deteriorated over time, but some people have commented that it may have a more demonic origin!
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16. Human remains: A diver was exploring Cienega Springs, Arizona, when he came across a horrifying sight: the skeletal remains of two humans! Upon closer investigation from the authorities, though, it turned out that there was something fishy about them…
There’s nothing more fascinating than finding “buried treasure” underwater. Whether it’s a plane or even a couple of fake skeletons, it’s no less intriguing. These discoveries may not make you rich, but they can change history!
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