Unbelievable Pacific Ocean Mysteries We Can’t Explain

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Nature and Travel On 15th December 2017

Here are mysteries of the Pacific Ocean that remain unexplained; weird events and discoveries that still have explorers and experts baffled.

Strange Purple Orb

Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus were surprised to stumble across a mysterious purple blob during an exploration of Arguello Canyon near the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary on July 18. In the video, a team of researchers with the Ocean Exploration Trust are seen scouring the seabed with the floating laboratory Nautilus. Currently, the best rational guess is that it "could possibly be a new species of nudibranch," according to the Nautilus Live website.

Poulton said it's relatively unusual for the E/V Nautilus team to discover a completely new species.

Though they have found organisms that they suspect are unknown to science; it just takes time to confirm that fact. More often, she said, the Nautilus researchers find organisms in areas where no one previously knew the animals lived. It may be that the purple orb is a known gastropod that simply had never been seen in California waters before.

Japan’s Lost City: Yonaguni Monument

On the southern coast of Yonaguni, Japan, lie submerged ruins estimated to be around 10,000 years old. The origin of the site is hotly debated - many experts argue that is man-made, while more conservative scientists insist it was carved by natural phenomena. Yonaguni monument is a sunken rock formation believed by some to be the remnants of a Japanese civilization that is said to have existed between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago.

The monument consists of medium to very fine sandstones and mudstones of the Lower Miocene Yaeyama Group believed to have been deposited about 20 million years ago.Most of the formations are connected to the underlying rock mass (as opposed to being assembled out of freestanding rocks). The formation called "The Turtle" The main feature (the "monument" proper) is a rectangular formation measuring about 150 by 40 m (490 by 130 ft) and about 27 m (90 ft) tall; the top is about 5 m (16 ft) below sea level.

One proponent of this view is an explorer and researcher Graham Hancock who in his book titled Underworld writes: “It was the submerged structures of Japan that first awakened me to the possibility that an underworld in history, unrecognized by archaeologists, could lie concealed and forgotten beneath the sea” (Hancock 2002).

How did this civilization disappear, and what happened to all the people living there?

According to Kimura, the city could have been abandoned as the sea levels rose, which eventually led to the city being lost, or a massive earthquake could have contributed to the island and its inhabitants to sink beneath the waves.

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