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People Describe The Creepiest Thing They've Seen At Sea

Updated September 28, 2018 194.5k votes 52k voters 5.9m views24 items

List RulesVote 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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    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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    The Mighty Sea

    "For me the memory that sticks with me was when I first realised just how powerful the sea is; I was working on a boat in Japan, on my way back into port after a 4 week swing just sat in my cabin one evening watching a film on my laptop when every now and again I noticed a bright flash from behind me.

    I turned around just in time to glance out of my porthole as a bolt of lightning light up the sea and capture a snapshot of an enormous wave just about to break over the side of the boat, which started getting tossed around like a toy (the boat's about 120m LOA). Certainly gave me the shivers anyway. ..."

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