Move over mermaid sightings and sunken treasure. The ocean bed is full of much more blood curdling secrets, discoveries, and mysteries. Unfathomable wrecks and ruins, deadly geological anomalies, and terrifying monsters right out of a horror movie – You can take your pick. Here are five of the most shocking discoveries at the bottom of the ocean.
The icy finger of death
It looks like a ghostly tornado, frozen mid-whirl. It’s actually a downward growing twisted column of ice that ends when it embeds itself on the ocean floor. Scientists theorize that this naturally occurring phenomenon is a result of the differing temperatures at the surface and the ocean floor. Called a brinicle or more commonly ‘the icy finger of death’, this thing doesn’t just look eerie; it’s also deadly. It stealthily impales or catches sea creatures and bottom-dwelling organisms on its journey down to the ocean floor.
This thing will make the creature from Jaws look like Nemo and you don’t want to go finding it. The frilled shark has 300 razor-sharp teeth arranged in 25 rows and hunts at the bottom of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is agile and fast and can grow up to 6 feet, constricting prey in the same way a snake or eel would.
If you have arachnophobia, the crippling fear of spiders, we’re here to deliver the bad news. Nowhere is safe. The Argyroneta Aquatica or the diving-bell spider uses a delicately spun bell-shaped web to trap air from the surface of the ocean. It then uses this air to breathe while plunging to its dark home on the ocean’s floor.
A mysterious 60,000 ton stone statue
A cone-shaped structure was discovered in the Sea of Galilee in 2003. Scientists can confirm that the artifact is at least 12,000 years old but nobody knows what it is, which civilization used it, and why there is no evidence of anything like it anywhere else.
The wrecks of two rare trains that can’t be accounted for in any historical records lie covered in a thick layer of rust at a depth of 90 feet at Long Branch, New Jersey. What were these locomotives and where were they headed? I guess we’ll never know.