Scuba Diver Discovers 10,000 Year Old Forest Underwater

See what once connected Great Britain with continental Europe

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“To start with I actually thought it was a piece of wreck,” Watson told the BBC . “It just looked like a piece of hull. It wasn’t until I had a really close look that I realised it was actually solid wood.”

Watson, whose air tank was nearing empty, had to turn around very quickly, and told the BBC she was very lucky to make the find: “If I’d been three or four metres to the right we’d never have seen it at all.”

Watson runs a marine conservation program called Seasearch with her partner Rob Spray. The organisation’s objective is to “map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of Britain and Ireland.”

Of course, it’s unlikely they expected to find a prehistoric forest.

The pair, who have both returned to photograph and explore their ruined forest, say it likely became exposed after a big storm hit the coast in December 2013.

“You can see the damage it did on the surface, and underwater you have that on a grander scale,” Spray told the BBC. “Thousands of tonnes of sand and gravel can just be sort of shuffled… it’s no surprise that after an event like that you see sand stripped away.”

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