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6. Abandoned Naval Mines
Due to extensive naval battle in some areas across the world, underwater mines were constructed as a sneaky way to sink a ship. But just because these are abandoned and pretty old, that doesn’t mean they’re not still dangerous. The oceans can be a dangerous place out there. The Mediterranean still contains active underwater mines which can go off from fishing boats or basically anything. Many were left from world war II or from the fascists to protect naval harbors. It’s not exactly clear how many naval mines are left over in the mediterranean sea and finding out is a risky business. The italian Navy still continues to remove deadly underwater mines especially in areas near naples.. In anycase, some of these abandoned mines, are still lurking around near Italy and can weigh up to 1000 pounds each. Some even believe that underwater mines might detonate ships from migrants coming from the south and might have been the cause why one with 300 people on board went missing.. So watch out!
5. First Boat Making Tools
Thanks to this discovery found on the island of Crete, archaeologists can prove that sea travel took place at least 130,000 years ago. The previous known time people were able to trave l by boat was around 60,000 BC. Stone age tools like these axes were found in ancient shelters that some believe were used to construct some of the first boats used for transportation. They’re very similar to the tools used by our ancient ancestors known as the Homo Erectus. Since the island of Crete has been separated from the mainland of Greece for quite some time now, this leads archaeologists to believe that the only way settlers were able to get here was by some type of boat. How advanced were these boats they had, and what other places were discovered that we might not know about?
4. MS Zenobia
A large ferry hit the seas in 1979 and on its very first voyage or maiden voyage, it capsized completely and sank less than a year later off the coast of Cyprus! It seemed as though there was possibly a problem with the steering. 200 million dollars worth of cargo was destroyed and it’s a rather embarrassing disaster for the Swedes despite there being no casualties. However not all is lost from the ship. It’s become a massive scuba diving hotpot, rated for being within the top 10 best scuba diving spots. Swimmers only need to make it down about 138 feet or so to witness the wreck underwater. Many scuba divers are given the chance to explore the mysterious wreckage. This photo here shows part of the seaweed covered propeller which only got to make one good trip. Here we see some trucks that have fallen all the way to the bottom and will never get the chance to hit the streets again. Some unique challenges are presented to even some of the most experienced divers out there, with little entrances into the ship
3 Caesarea Sunken Treasure
Over 2600 coins dating back over 1000 years were discovered off the coast of Israel by scuba divers near the port city of caesarea. It’s the largest treasure trove found off of Israels mediterranean coast. The coins were originally minted in Egypt and Northern Africa and belonged to the Fatimid Caliphs Al Hakin and Al Zahir. The total weight of all the gold was roughly 16.6 pounds but historically priceless. No one is exactly sure why such a large amount of coins were discovered all in one place but it’s likely they were from taxes collected by the Egyptian government. Other theories would indicate that the hoard was possibly from a merchant ship that bartered with coastal cities along the mediterranean. It’s now considered to be a national treasure after everything was authenticated. The coins turned out to be in remarkable condition despite being at the bottom of the sea for over 1000 years.
2. Mv Panagiotis
The Navagio Beach, also lovingly known as “The Shipwreck Beach” lies in an enchanting pool of Ionian Sea water, and it’s been named by some as “the most beautiful beach in the world”. The wrecked ship that famously lies on it’s shore was a ship suspected of selling contraband cigarettes. It was trying to get past the Greek Navy when it crashed into a rock during bad weather in 1980. It gives it a touch of character, wouldn’t you agree?? It looks sugary sandy from above, but the beach is actually covered in pebbles. It’s the most famous beach in Greece and unfortunately, it can only be accessed by boat. Tourists certainly enjoy coming to this one and expect to see some other beachgoers here.