Below the deep blue oceans, lays a completely different world, a world about which we still don’t know much about. No matter how advanced our technologies are, only 5 % of Earth’s oceans have been explored. But with the passing time and years, we garnered some knowledge about the vast water bodies such as the Depth of Mariana Trench is 35,000 feet below the sea level or there exist giant squids in the water that are 60 feet long. However, apart from these, there are still many interesting and unknown secrets about the oceans that intrigue our minds, including the case of the abandoned ship, Mary Celeste.
Amongst all other oceans, the Atlantic Ocean holds more importance in the history of mankind, as it was the first ever sea to be crossed by a boat. However today, there are a wide number of shipping channels working on the Atlantic Ocean, transporting huge shipments from one country to the other. And not to forget, the huge Atlantic Ocean can also make huge ships disappear into its depth. So, let’s check some of these unanswered and unknown secrets about the great Atlantic Ocean.
THE CARNIVOROUS SEAWEEDS OF SARGOSSO SEA
Home to an unlikely species of seaweed that apparently eats ships and its sailors, the Sargosso Sea has always attracted the attention of researchers. Located in the middle of Atlantic Ocean, the region has flourished due to the opposing ocean currents, chemical and heat flows. However, with the wide number of ships disappearing from the Sargasso region, a large number of people believe the stories of carnivorous seaweed.
THE UNDERWATER WATERFALL
Located right in the middle of the vast Atlantic Ocean, exists a waterfall that is absolutely rare. 100 meters high, this waterfall flows towards the seabed from the top of an underwater canyon. The temperature difference between the top and bottom of the canyon gave way to this unique waterfall. A similar waterfall called the Denmark Strait Cataract is found in a canyon between Greenland and Iceland.
A Theotrical triangle that has garnered the attention of a lot of philosophers, scientists and sailors, the Bermuda Triangle has its points located on Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys. Countless numbers of ships and aircrafts have disappeared in this location, without being found ever. The first incident reported was in 1881, when the crew of the ship Ellen Austin, found a derelict ship on the coast of Bermuda. But, when a small crew was sent to check, both Ellen Austin and the abandoned ship disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.
LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS
Based on the researches and scripts written by ancient philosophers, the Lost City of Atlantis possessed great naval force to fight against Europeans for the supremacy of the Atlantic Ocean. The city however was engulfed by the mighty ocean itself. Apparently, Greek Philosopher Plato first wrote about this ancient city in 420 BC, which was almost 9000 years after the city of Atlantis had descended into the vast ocean. The city is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, probably some place between America and Africa.
Titanic is undoubtedly one of the most famous shipwrecks in the history of mankind that lies in the bed of Atlantic. The massive ocean liner sank after colliding with an iceberg on 1st May, taking down with it 1,503 passengers that were on board the ship, into the gigantic ocean.
A steam powered ship, the RMS Republic left the city of New York in 1909 on a heavy fog day making its way towards the Imperial Russian Government. However, due to the heavy fog, navigating the ship became a little difficult and shortly after collided with a SS Florida, an incoming ocean liner on its broadside. Despite of radio messages sent for help, the RMS Republic sank into the depth of the Atlantic Ocean, along with its cargo that was carrying money and gold on loan from America to Russia. Till date, the lost ship’s cargo has not been retrieved and is worth $1billion.