Trawl the bottom of any inland body of water and you're likely to find all manner of junk and detritus, the value or intrigue of which might be quite low. And yet, some stuff found in lakes sparks perplexing mysteries or provides fuel for terrifying nightmares.
Whether discovered by divers or having re-emerged due to a drained lake, several compelling and horrific items have come to the surface over the decades. Here are some of the oddest, most mysterious things found at the bottom of lakes and the sometimes creepy stories behind them.
Mysterious Cone-Shaped Structure Found In Sea Of Galilee
Researchers testing sonar equipment picked up a strange mound at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel in 2013. It was revealed to be a cone-shaped structure roughly 230 feet at its base, with a height of 39 feet and an estimated weight of 60,000 tons.
Researchers say the structure is similar to burial sites discovered in the region and could have been some kind of ceremonial structure. Because the object is submerged so deep underwater, it is incredibly difficult to study. Scientists estimate the structure to be 6,000 years old.3,5851,246Is this strange?
Jawbone Of Fabled Sea 'Devil' Discovered In Russian Lake
Researchers using scanning equipment in Lake Labynkyr announced on February 1, 2013, that they had discovered what they claimed were the skeletal remains of an ancient sea serpent, described locally as a "devil," not unlike the Loch Ness monster.
Though evidence was scant, the researchers said they found a jawbone and other bone fragments at the bottom of the lake. This is a "pics or it didn't happen" situation, however, so no jawbone, no sea devil.
Still, Lake Labynkyr is interesting, as it often reaches temperatures of almost -80 degrees but does not freeze.3,0931,343Is this strange?
Well-Preserved Skeletons At The Bottom Of A Himalayan Lake
A number of well-preserved skeletons were discovered in Roopkund, a remote lake high in the Himalayan Mountains, in 1942. Investigators were baffled at the skeletons' presence there, as there had been no known settlements in the area.
It wasn't until 2004 that scientists were able to date the remains back to some time around 850 CE.3,3771,489Is this strange?
Ghost Town And Tombstones At The Bottom Of A Texas LakeVideo: YouTube
Due to a prolonged drought in late 2011, the remnants of Bluffton, a small town in Texas, quite literally came to the surface. The town was submerged under 20 to 30 feet of water in 1937 when officials filled Lake Buchanan.
But as the lake began to deplete and recede, relics from old Bluffton began to appear, like tombstones from the late 1800s and the concrete foundations of several local establishments, including a two-story hotel.4,0501,908Is this strange?