How would you like to explore an underwater shipwreck? With these 16 photos, there’s no wet suit required to see the eerie debris scattered across our ocean’s floor.
The sight of underwater shipwrecks have always creeped me out. It’s unsettling to see something that used to be full of human life taken over by salty water and sea creatures. From motorcycles to tanks, photographers have captured incredible underwater sights that most people never get to see. Take a look.
1. Some shipwrecks are underwater for decades or even centuries before they are discovered.
2. Others, like the SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea, are world-famous diving locations.
3. Among the wrecks are many recognizable items, such as this motorcycle.
4. Here, an entire fleet of trucks was left behind after the ship transporting them was sunk by German bombers.
5. However, bombers can also be found in watery gravesites.
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6. It doesn’t take long for a shipwreck to start blending in with its surroundings.
7. Or for a propeller to be completely overtaken by coral.
8. It looks like this crew was in the middle of eating dinner when their ship went down. I wonder how many survived.
9. With all the damage that happens during a shipwreck, it’s incredible that something as delicate as plates can survive.
10. These Ancient Roman wine jugs known as “amphoras” have been underwater since around the sixth century.
11. They held up much better than these motorbikes from World War I.
12. War has left behind all kinds of underwater litter, like this bomb.
13. Off the coast of Ireland, there’s even an entire tank graveyard!
14. This twin gun tower belonged to the USS Saratoga, which sank near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
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15. Likewise, the Umbria was carrying hundreds of bombs when it sank in the Red Sea.
16. Shipwrecks are a stark reminder of just how big and mysterious the ocean really is. In deep water, you never can be sure what you are going to find.
Want to see more? Check out the exploration of a shipwreck off the coast of Nassau, Bahamas, below. These divers don’t seem the slightest bit concerned that it’s teaming with sharks!
I feel the sudden urge to strap on some scuba gear and go exploring. Too bad there’s no ocean nearby.