Oceans of Wonder: 30 Unbelievable Underwater Discoveries

By Jack Ripley | March 5, 2024

Grenanda Underwater Sculpture Park

The sea holds a trove of treasures and secrets, but some are still awaiting discovery. While some underwater discoveries are expected, like the remnants of a sunken ship, others turn out to be mysterious yet wondrous surprises. From shipwrecks of the Great Lakes to aircraft recoveries of the world's oceans and underwater cities to long-hidden treasures, there's no telling what the oceans and seas of the world will reveal next. Check out some of the most fascinating yet eerie underwater discoveries in history.

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Situated 16 feet under the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Granada, hides this wondrous underwater park. Unlike many of the underwater treasures on this list, this sculpture park, the only of its kind in the world, isn’t the victim of some natural devastation. Instead, artist Jason deCaires Taylor purposely crafted the more than 75 sculptures to be exhibited on the ocean floor.

First constructed in 2006, the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is accessible via scuba diving or snorkeling. However, visitors agree that scuba diving gives you the best view of these incredible sculptures. Each of the sculptures is bolted to the ocean’s floor, and all 75 depict a human form in some interesting pose. "Christ of the Deep'" and "The Lost Correspondent" are just a couple of the incredible sculptures in the park. Over time, the sculptures have developed an eerie feel from the deterioration of the cement as well as algae and coral growth.

Italy’s Christ of the Abyss

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This bronze statue was molded by Italian sculptor Guido Galletti. Created to be placed underwater, the famed statue resides in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso. Christ of the Abyss was crafted to commemorate Dario Gonazatti, the first Italian to utilize scuba gear, near the site where he died underwater in 1947.

The statue depicts Jesus Christ with arms outstretched skyward in a show of peace and benediction. Though the salt water, passing ships, and sea growth have damaged the statue, it was removed for restoration in 2003 and promptly replaced in the sea. Two replicas, made from the same cast as Christ of the Abyss, were subsequently placed in Granada, along the coast of St. George, and the other in the National Marine Sanctuary on the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Each of the three statues can be explored when scuba diving or snorkeling.