The underwater world can be unforgiving. There are pockets where there is no light, and the unfamiliarity of being submerged is already spooky enough for some. This hasn't stopped recreational divers from exploring the nooks and crannies of the oceans. Some have come back with creepy diver stories; others have suffered horrifying scuba accidents.
But recovery divers have it even worse, as they have to search for missing people and essential equipment lost to the sea. People who dive for fun occasionally encounter something creepy - recovery divers regularly stumble across something macabre.
Recovery diver stories illustrate just how dangerous and terrifying diving can be, especially when you're digging through murky rivers, streams, and lakes that other divers avoid at all costs. After reading these tales of creepy underwater finds from Reddit, scuba diving may move down your bucket list from "one day" to "never."
A Phantom Diver
From Redditor /u/pteam-pterodactyl:
Two buddies of mine and I were on a night dive in the Puget Sound hunting prawns. It was about 1 am and we're a good 100 feet deep - the most pitch 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 bioluminescence 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 1 am - and 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 drysuits because it was so cold but this dude was in a wetsuit with exposed skin and 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 and waves, then swims away.
Dozens Of Sharks Surrounding A Body
From Redditor /u/keithbah:
Rescue diver in the Bahamas... [I was] diving in a submerged blue hole (the entrance is below sea level) and a diver went missing.
After an hour or two of searching, went back into the blue hole to see if there were any signs of him. Saw the glint of his watch and his arm sticking out near the bottom.
Start descending down to the bottom to recover the body. On the way down realized that the "bottom" was a school of sharks that must have been there for breeding. So many sharks that they blocked the view of the actual bottom.
Descended into the darkness, grabbed his arm (couldn't stand to look at the body) and started ascending. The sharks followed. And were circling the both of us. Had to take a break halfway at around 65 feet as to not get the bends. Scared sh*tless. The entire time waiting to normalize scared sh*tless. He was struck by a passing boat.
A Friend's Death
From Redditor /u/wikisomnia:
This was a long time ago, but okay. It was a training dive under the ice: Enter via a bubbler keeping ice from a ferry, swim out to a sunken wreck via lines, stick to cave protocol the whole time. Five tank dive, each, with mixed gases and O2 for decompression. On the way back, well over 90 minutes in the water, [a fellow diver's] reg explodes into a free flow.
No problem: Swap onto another, kill that tank at the valve, stow it and keep going. Two minutes later it happens again. No problem - we keep going. Then again. Sh*t is serious now, and we've all got extra regulators at the ready. Buddy is getting a little shaky, and suddenly he hits his drysuit inflator and flies upward.
We followed as fast as we could without blowing our deco and endangering more people, and pass through a cloud of blood. Found him wedged in a crack about five minutes later, already gone.
Bag Of Animal Bones
From Redditor /u/SupervisorEric:
I did find a bag full of cat bones once... we were pretty perplexed about it. We brought it up and found a cross and rocks in the bag. I'm assuming (hoping) it was a burial of a loved family pet and not the alternative.