Submarine Wrecked by Sea Monster Discovered in UK
Hundred years on, a sunken WW-I German submarine has been discovered off the coast of Scotland. According to maritime folklore – it was abandoned after being attacked by a sea monster.
At the time, the German U-boat captain had insisted that it was sunk by a sea serpent. The boat's crew supported him relaying a tale of having fought a sea monster.
UB-85 was found by a team working on laying an underwater power cable between Scotland and England. Remarkable sonar images show the missing World War One submarine largely intact and lying off the Galloway coast of Scotland. The reason it remained in such great condition was because it was made to withstand the depths.
"When all the other wartime shipwrecks have crumbled down to nothing, the submarines will still be there, because they're made to withstand the [underwater] marine environment," Innes McCartney, marine archaeologist and historian, said to Live Science.
The submarine had spent nearly 100 years at 340 feet deep.
Officially, UB-85 was sunk by a British warship in 1918, but has been claimed to have been attacked by Loch Ness monster's saltwater cousin. The entire crew of the U-boat had reportedly abandoned the ship.
Gary Campbell, Official Register keeper of the Loch Ness Monster, believes that it is "entirely feasible that some large sea creature disabled the submarine". It could be the giant squid long known as the fearsome Kraken and many large species could still be discovered.
Historians have a different answer. They speculate that the submarine was about to do a crash dive and the hatch wasn't securely closed. As a result, the vessel had to resurface and blow all the compressed air they had and bring the submarine to the surface. Ultimately, they were found out. But the sea monster was a better story.