For divers exploring the depths of the world’s oceans, the water can be a frightening place. In low visibility, for example, hulking shapes may appear out of nowhere, emerging ominously from the murky sea. Add in strange sounds echoing in the distance or unusual creatures swimming silently past, and it’s not hard to imagine individuals getting lost and disorientated under the waves, experiencing as a result a rising panic.
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With this in mind, it might be easy to write off divers’ spooky tales of weird underwater happenings as boiling down simply to sensory deprivation. However, the following incredible shipwrecks – all reported to be haunted – certainly suggest that there are other more sinister forces at work in the deep.
10. Fujikawa Maru and Hoki Maru
While many shipwrecks sit alone and forlorn at the bottom of the sea, Japanese wrecks the Fujikawa Maru and the Hoki Maru keep some morbid company together. The two ships were part of a fleet of around 60 vessels that were sunk by U.S. planes and other attack craft in February 1944 during WWII, and both vessels, it is said, have played home to ghostly goings-on.