True Stories People Describe The Creepiest Thing They've Seen At Sea  

Christopher Shultz
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List Rules Vote up the sea stories that send shivers down your spine and make you want to be land lubber for life.

The sea can be a creepy mistress indeed, as two Reddit threads dedicated to sailors and people who've spent time in seclusion reveal. These 16 sailors, fisherman, Navy officers, divers, swimmers, and casual boaters recount bizarre encounters, horrifying sightings, and strange occurrences while out to sea, in the ocean, and hunting in large swamps. You'll think twice about going near large bodies of water after reading this list.
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Something Pulled The Boat Along

"My dad and I are fishing off the Florida Keys. We have our anchor out and had been fishing for about an hour. 15 minutes later the boat gets bumped and we rock a little bit, my dad jokingly saying "Looks like jaws is after us better stay away from the edges." 10 seconds after him saying that the boat begins moving backwards: we are being towed by our anchor line that's in the water. Whatever has it is now dragging the boat backwards slowly getting faster and our boat is getting pulled under too. Next thing I hear is "No f*cking way" as my dad drops his pole runs from the front to the back grabs a knife and cuts the anchor line.

"After that we decided that fishing was not in the cards that day."

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Strange Glow

"RAN 2000ish, Indian Ocean on watch maybe 0200. Pitch black except for stars and quiet apart from the diesels. I notice a humming sound, sorta halfway between hearing it and feeling it. This goes on for a while, but all of a sudden it got a lot more intense and suddenly I notice a glow way under the water. I thought it was bioluminescence on a shark or whale or something but it kept floating up and suddenly just SHOT off maybe half a naut mile taking the hum with it in about 1 or 2 seconds. 

"Nothing can move that quick underwater. I reported it and it was logged but nothing came off it.

"Heard stories from shipmates about the same thing happening but the glow goes into the air, dunno about that but what I saw I have no explanation for."

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Peculiar Mommy

"I worked on a cruise ship for 7 months as a youth staff taking care of kids while the parents party it up. At certain parts of the day we close the playroom to the older kids and just let parents with their children that are under 2 come in. This woman comes to the gate with a double stroller with two of the ugliest looking babies I have ever seen in my life. She asks if she can come in with her babies. Of course, I oblige but something seems a little off. She takes the babies out of the stroller and puts them on the blanket that we have toys placed upon in the middle of the room. It is then that I realize what was so strange about these babies: They were dolls. This woman was taking pictures of them with the toys and pretending they were alive, names and all. I just looked over at my co-worker and she's giving me the same look of shock and horror that I had on my face. We had no clue what to do or say. News spread quickly to other crew member on the ship about her. Apparently she bought gold bracelets for them at the jewelery shop on board. That woman is by far the most amazing and strangest thing I have ever witnessed at sea."

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Three Stories of Monstrous Catfish

"Live by a dam on the Mississippi river in Iowa... The divers that have to go down and check the concrete always only go down once, after that there done. Just nope the f*ck out. One guy I know did 2 tours in Iraq he said it was nothing like that... Just freely be swimming along and all of a sudden 3 foot mouth of a cat fish just sitting there, waiting for something to swim by and into its hell hole. Water is always so murkey that you can't see from end to end of it. I remember when I was a kid, you could snag for carp down there. My dad hit a 7 foot cat that weighed in at around 85 lbs, but we couldn't keep them so we had to throw them back... 

"Grandfather said similar things. He worked at a power plant right along the river and they had divers who would routinely need to go under and patch things up for the power plant under water. Said majority of them when down once and never again after seeing the size of some of the catfish below which they claimed could probably eat them.  

"One of my art teachers in high school was also a diver and often did dives in one of the lakes in Arkansas. He regaled us with tales of catfish the size of small cars. He also had photos of the towns and settlements that got abandoned and flooded when they made the lake. Cool stuff."

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