Diver Finds 10,000-Year-Old Forest Hidden Under The North Sea (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly
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A diver discovered a 10,000-year-old forest under the North Sea, which experts believe once stretched as far as the coast of Europe.

Dawn Watson, 45, was diving 328 yards off the coast of Cley next the Sea, England when she discovered the incredible forest, which was likely uncovered following stormy weather this winter.

“I couldn't believe what I was seeing at first,” she said. “The sea was quite rough by the shore so I decided to dive slightly further out and after swimming over 300 meters (328 yards) of sand I found a long blackened ridge. When I looked more closely I realized it was wood and when I swam further along I started finding whole tree trunks with branches on top, which looked like they had been felled.

“It was amazing to find and to think the trees had been lying there completely undiscovered for thousands of years. You certainly don't expect to go out for a quick dive and find a forest,” Watson continued.

The forest, according to the Daily Mail, reportedly drowned when the ice caps melted. “At one time it would have been a full-blown Tolkein-style forest, stretching for hundreds of miles,” Watson’s partner Rob Spray said. 

“It would have grown and grown and in those days there would have been no one to fell it so the forest would have been massive. It would have looked like a scene from the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, which is something we don't get in this country anymore. Geologists are very excited about it, it was a really miraculous find.

Source: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Rob Spray and Geoff Robinson Photography via Daily Mail