A shocked diver found an incredible 10,000-year-old pre-historic forest under the North Sea and experts believe it could have once stretched as far as Europe.
Diver Dawn Watson, 45, discovered the remarkable ‘lost forest’ when she was diving just 300 metres off the coast of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk.She found complete oak trees with branches measuring eight metres long under the sea and experts believe they have been hidden off the coast of Norfolk since the Ice Age.The forest is believed to have become exposed following the stormy weather last winter.
Diver Dawn Watson, discovered the remarkable ‘lost forest’ when she was diving just 300 metres off the coast of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk. Experts say the trees have been hidden in the North Sea since the Ice Age.
She said: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first.’The sea was quite rough by the shore so I decided to dive slightly further out and after swimming over 300 metres of sand I found a long blackened ridge. ‘When I looked more closely I realised 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.
Ms Watson, who has been diving in the North Sea for about 16 years, said the trees are thought to have formed part of a huge forest, measuring thousands of acres.
But it is believed the forest was drowned when the ice caps melted and the sea level rose 120 metres. The fallen trees are now lying on the ground where they have formed a natural reef, which is teaming with colourful fish, plants and wildlife.
It is believed the forest was drowned when the ice caps melted and the sea level rose 120 metres. The trees are now lying on the ground, where they have formed a natural reef, which is teaming with fish and plants.
‘At one time it would have been a full-blown Tolkein-style forest, stretching for hundreds of miles,’ added Mr Spray, who has begun surveying the forest with his partner. 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.’