The ocean is so wide that it covers almost 71% of the Earth. Unlike the land where you can easily make a map based on geographical landmarks, the ocean, on the other hand, is so unpredictable, making it hard to familiarize exact locations underwater. There are still a vast part of the ocean that is yet to be discovered, making it a place of mystery. But every now and then, people discover something new and dive-worthy on the ocean floor, and here are 5 most enigmatic sites on the ocean floor.
YONAGUNI MONUMENT, JAPAN. This 3000-year old monument wasn’t discovered until 1987 and the most baffling part is, nobody knows why it’s there and who built it. It looks too manmade to be a natural formation, others say it’s the works of creatures from outer space, but a professor from Japan said it might be a part of the lost Mu continent of the Pacific.
LOST CITY OF HERAKLION, EGYPT. After being underwater for almost a thousand years, the lost City of Heracleion was discovered in the early 2000’s. A group of divers were astounded when they saw a large statue protruding from the seabed; and upon more exploration they found ruins of temples, more statues and other treasure troves in the area. Thonis-Heracleion was almost part of a distant memory because only a few ancient inscriptions mentioned it, but thanks to the discovery, this once glorious city can now be explored.
PORT ROYAL, JAMAICA. This notorious city known as the “Wickedest City on Earth” stood true to its moniker. Port Royal was home to pirates, prostitutes and all the infamous people, with brothels, pubs and bars available for these “wicked” people. Due to a strong earthquake, this pirate’s haven sank in to the bottom of the sea along with all its sinful occupants.
BIMINI ROAD, BAHAMAS. A vaguely natural rock formation gives rise to speculations that it was once part of an ancient city. This 0.8 kilometer pavement consists of rectangular and sub-rectangular limestone blocks, looking more like a road or a wall. Researchers insist that these rocks are just a result of a natural and systematic fracturing of sedimentary rocks making the stones look almost the same.
ORDA CAVE, RUSSIA. Orda cave is said to be the longest cave on Earth that’s made of gypsum. Because of the minerals in the area called selenite, the water underneath is really clear, giving divers a very good visibility to explore the 5-kilometer passage. The cave’s white interior walls and cathedral-like corridors and the clear waters attracts cave divers to this underwater beauty.