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17 Strangest Things Found by Deep Sea Divers

The oceans truly contain countless mysteries.

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It goes without saying that the world’s oceans are vast and mysterious. Therefore, it is no surprise that people found some truly strange things when exploring them. From ancient statues to war artifacts to strange underwater life, here are the strangest things found by deep-sea divers. Make sure you also check out these amazing trivia facts about the earth’s oceans.

A military truck sunken as artificial reef at a dive site in ThailandSunphol Sorakul/Getty Images

Trucks

Trucks belong on the road—but some of them manage to make their way to the bottom of the ocean. It’s not unusual for deep-sea divers to occasionally stumble upon artifacts of military trucks within the ocean’s depths. Here are some strange facts about the earth you never learned in school.

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Planes

Just like trucks, planes too find their way to the bottom of the ocean occasionally. For example, deep-sea divers in Oahu, Hawaii, stumbled upon the remains of an F4U Corsair that had been in many wars and crashed into the ocean in 1946 due to fuel shortage.

Underwater rear view of divers investigating MS Zenobia shipwreck, Larnaca, CyprusPhotoStock-Israel/Getty Images

Ferries

It might not be the most comforting thought, but unfortunately ferries can sink, too. For example, MS Zenobia, a Swedish-built 10,000-ton ferry was launched in 1979 and sunk near Cyprus in the 1980s.

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Underwater River

The Underwater River is not actually a river, but an optical illusion. Cenote Angelita Cave is a very rare optical illusion caused by saltwater changing into freshwater that makes it seem like divers are swimming in an underwater river.

Baiae, Naples, Campania, Southern Italy - May, 2018: Submerged statue headAntonio Busiello/Getty Images

Statues

Museums are not the only place you can find historical relics. If they’re lucky, deep-sea divers occasionally run into submerged ancient statues. For example, near Naples, Italy lies the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Baia. Here are some other incredible undersea treasures found all around the world.

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Tanks

Reminders of past wars can make their way into anywhere—and that includes oceans. Deep-sea divers occasionally end up finding remains of once-powerful tanks at the bottom of the ocean.

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Gas masks

It is not exactly a joyous occasion to run into masks used in past wars in the bottom of the ocean. However, deep-sea divers do occasionally run into forgotten war relics like these. Did you know gas masks are not the only creepy things you can find in the depths of the ocean?

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Titanic

Yes, the ruins of the famous Titanic were never recovered. The once “unsinkable” ship lies in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, and it was discovered in September 1985.

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Jesus statue

A glorious sculpture of Jesus Christ by Guido Galletti sunk in 1954, near the Italian Riviera. Decades later, divers found the statue covered by ocean life. Make sure you also check out these other mesmerizing deep-sea sights of the world.

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Sunken submarine

Yes, you read that right. Submarines do occasionally sink, and the remains of them can be found in many different places in the world’s oceans.

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Giant Isopod

It’s no wonder why these curious creatures are named “giant”—one giant isopod grew up to 2.5 feet. They also feed on dead animals that fall to the bottom of the ocean.

Underwater view of pair of christmas tree worms (spirobranchus giganteous), close up, Eleuthera, BahamasRomona Robbins Photography/Getty Images

Christmas tree worm

This strange yet beautiful deep-sea creature was found by scientists at the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island. It would definitely make a great addition to any Christmas tree.

Naked Sea Butterfly swimming near the surface.RLSPHOTO/Getty Images

Sea angels

Despite their name, sea angels are not actually angels. Despite their benign appearance, sea angels are actually a type of predatory sea snails that feed on other types of sea snails.

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Flamingo tongue snail

Who knew snails could be this beautiful? This deep-ocean creature is named after its flamboyantly colored shell. Here are some more colorful animals found in the sea.

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Leafy seadragon

If you expected the leafy seadragon to resemble a dragon, you might be disappointed. This creature found along the Southwestern coast of Australia looks more like dead seaweed. Here are some ocean mysteries that scientists cannot explain.

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Sea spider

Yes, you can run into sea spiders at the bottom of the ocean—but that doesn’t mean you should want to. These deep-sea predators feed by literally sucking the life out of their prey.

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Arctic Hydromedusa

This mysterious creature resides in the deep waters of the Arctic, about 3,300-feet deep. Next, check out 13 weird sea creatures that are just as bizarre as this one.

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