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Divers Describe the Creepiest Thing They've Seen Underwater

Updated September 4, 2020 3.2m views16 items

The Earth is mostly water, and that water is mostly unexplored. The mystery of the ocean has fascinated divers for years. When diving, people are transported to a completely different world of plants and animals. Some they're familiar with, and others are unknown. They learn that just because the ocean is a natural and beautiful place, doesn't mean it isn't creepy. In fact, there might not be anything on Earth as creepy as the ocean itself.

Water-lovers of Reddit shared some of their creepiest experiences from their adventures in the water. From venomous sea snakes to various dead bodies, it's safe to say these stories will make you think twice before you go for a swim again.

  • Divers find a fisherman's glove and also hand

    "I was diving with some friends and found a fisherman's glove with a hand still inside of it... We brought the glove to the local police and they told us that they hadn't received any kind of report of a guy with a missing hand."
  • Three friends go out for a midnight dive...

    "Me and two buddies were on a night dive in the Puget Sound hunting prawns. It was about one AM, and we're a good hundred feet deep- the darkest black you could imagine. We used to do this thing on night dives where we'd get in a circle, turn off our lights, then stir up the water and watch the bio-luminescence float around us like floating stars in a black watery space. Beautiful. Only this one time, we turn off our lights, stir up the water, and the water glows just enough to reveal a fourth person sitting in our circle.

    We were at a dive resort, so it wasn't so odd to see another diver, only it was one AM--we'd seen no one else prepping a dive at the dock. He was also alone, which was odd considering the dangerous conditions of a night dive in those waters, and he had no fins or gloves. I don't know how he swam so well without fins, or didn't get hypothermia without boots or gloves. We wore dry-suits because it was so cold, but this dude was in a wet suit with exposed skin. We thought we saw a giant gash in one of the legs.

    So the three of us all notice him, and we're too f*cking scared to move. I can hear my buddies panting in their regs, and the guy just smiles, waves, then swims away. Whenever you think you're alone and someone just shows up, like in an alley at night, it's weird. 100 feet under water at night is terrifying."


  • Divers find body of missing surfer still preserved in wet-suit

    "I was diving off the Florence, Oregon coast with some friends, and we found a body on the ocean floor in the creepiest condition possible. He was a surfer who'd gone missing a few days prior, so he wore a wet suit with his legs, arms, and head exposed. Crabs had eaten the flesh from his exposed bits, so, basically he was a torso with a skull and skeletal limbs."
  • Girl lands on top of a gator

    "While water skiing on a lake in Louisiana, I flew off. I landed pretty much on top of an alligator. I kinda felt my leg hit him, and we were eye-to-eye when I gasped for air. Then he went under. The moments after that were the most terrifying moments of my life. I was so certain I'd feel him bite my foot any second, and drag me under. I started screaming, and couldn't stop until the boat was back to me. You don't realize how long 2-3 minutes is until you're alone in the open water. Never again for me."