Scuba divers are used to seeing strange things underwater. From weird animals to ancient structures, from unbelievably beautiful geologic formations to old, crusty shipwrecks, if we spend enough time down there, we see it all. Most of the time what we see we expect to be there. We might find something rare or unusual, but for the most part it belongs under the water. But what about those things that don’t belong in the water? What about those things that we say when we see them, “How did THAT get underwater?”
For many of us adventurers, a trip to the majestic Easter Island is near the top of the bucket list. Of course we all know the famous island for its 21 foot tall monolithic statues in the shape of squared human heads known as moai. Built in approximately 1400 – 1650 A.D. by the natives of this island, these iconic statues are as haunting as they are stunning. About 1000 statues, weighing up to 86 tons each, are scattered around the island’s coastline. All of the statues are on dry ground, except one which lies in the ocean near the island. Actually, the submerged moai isn’t an ancient wonder. It’s a prop from a Kevin Costner movie!
If you have ever had the honor and pleasure of diving the HMS Thistlegorm, then you have most likely seen full sized, intact ordinance, pickup trucks, and even motorcycles. While the ship’s story is grim, the presence of these vehicles makes sense. It’s all a part of a shipwreck. But what about when you find a fully intact motorcycle underwater in the middle of nowhere? That’s exactly what lucky divers can find in Australia’s Cabbage Tree Bay.
Hydroelectric dams can be wondrous things in terms of the amounts of cheap electricity they can generate. We here in the great Pacific Northwest can attest to that. However, when we build dams, they create reservoirs. These reservoirs can be gigantic, and can swallow up a whole lot of history. In this case, it is a lake in China’s Jiangxi Province. Back in the 1960s the Chinese government built a dam that completely submerged an ancient city. Now, as renovation work is being done, the lake water level was dropped, and an interesting visitor appeared.
Talk about climate change! That’s what scientists think happened to the ancient structures that lie under the waves in the Caribbean. You might have seen documentaries about one or more of these anomalous sites and you might be wondering the same thing: how did it get underwater. About 12,000 years ago, something dramatically and quickly changed the climate of the earth, resulting in the rise of sea levels around the globe. The higher water must have wiped out many of the cities and civilizations near the seas, creating these strangely haunting underwater edifices like roads and other patterns that stimulate our imaginations.