Although science has allowed us to explore most of the planet, our oceans remain remarkably unexplored. Fortunately, new discoveries thanks to modern technology continue to advance our knowledge of the blue planet every day.
But sometimes even the best scientific experts in the world can be completely taken aback by the quirks of the deep sea. These 20 strange discoveries prove that not all aquatic legends are mere seafaring stories, and may even hold the key to unlocking the secrets beneath us.
AN ANCIENT GREEK COMPUTER
A 2,000-year-old vessel discovered off the coast of a Greek island unearthed a wealth of treasures, from vases and jewelry to a bronze statue. But there was one object that stumped archeologists at the time – it would take another 100 years for scientists to finally understand the importance of this object.
Now known as the Antikythera mechanism, archeologists now believe this is arguably the world’s first computer, according to Vox. With its two dozen gears, intricately positioned on top of one another, it was apparent that the mechanism was some sort of calculating device. It’s now thought that it was used to predict the position of the planets and stars in the sky, depending on the calendar month.