Water covers 71% of the Earth, and we know less about the ocean floor than we do about the moon’s surface. It’s no surprise that people find strange things underwater every year. But for every abandoned shoe or shipwreck, there’s something that catches people entirely off-guard.
If you’ve already heard about skeletons found in water, how about fake skeletons tied to chairs? What about a land-grown forest ending up at the bottom of a lake? A ton of weird objects, natural phenomena, and even people have ended up several feet underwater. Keep reading to learn about the strangest finds.
An Ancient Greek Computer
In 1901, scientists found several historical artifacts on the seafloor near the Greek island of Antikythera. One artifact looks like a bronze disc with a gear wheel embedded inside. It remained unnoticed until 2006 when a team of researchers discovered that it was history’s first analog computer.
The Antikythera mechanism, as it’s called, worked like a clock that tracked astrological events. The artifact recorded the movements of planets, moon phases, solstices, and equinoxes. Researchers are still trying to figure out how the mechanism operated.