Cave divers were exploring the depths of a subterranean lake in southeastern Europe when they made a discovery that will surely delight fans of Game of Thrones. Casting their flash beams through the murk and gloom, they spotted a number of strange, slow-moving animals that looked suspiciously like dragons.
Dragons are typically associated with the elements of fire and air, but various ancient myths do recount water-dwelling dragons. In 1689 natural historian Johann Weikhard von Valvasor observed that certain Balkans people had developed a rich folklore. It concerned watery dragons that lived beneath the surface of the Earth. And, incredibly, many people claimed to have seen them.
In far more recent times, thanks to technological advances in cave diving, scientists have been able to explore the harsh underwater area where the “dragons” were thought to live. The depth was extreme, and light was almost non-existent. But if a dragon was going to live anywhere, wouldn’t it be in a place that is inhospitable to humans?