The thread on inexplicable stuff go me to thinking about a weird mystery I encountered a few years ago.
I was at a beach, in about 3 feet of water. It was deep enough that I couldn’t touch my hands to the bottom without submerging my face, and I didn’t have my snorkel gear with me.
A couple of kids called me over and asked if I could determine what a submerged object was. They thought it might be a tree trunk, but there was no way. It had to be a rock, or a lost part of a buoy or something. I reached down, and it sure felt like a tree trunk. It was a round disk, about 12-14 inches across, firmly anchored in the sand. I sure couldn’t pull it up. It didn’t have any hooks or holes in it. I can’t quite remember, but I think I even felt rings and bark. It was exactly as if a tree had grown there and someone had sawed it off a couple of inches above the ground.
The thing is, it was a good 20-30 feet away from the shore. And it’s not like beach erosion had appreciately moved the shore – the beach was pretty much exectly as I remembered it from 11 years before, when I first went there. And even if the shore had moved, I usually don’t see big trees growing in beach sand.
Is there any possible way it could have been a tree? Wouldn’t it have long since rotted away?
I live on a man-made lake down here (fresh water), and the area was mostly pine and oak before flooding (some 70 years ago). Most of the stumps are still out there, many still above the water line, though a great number of them have broken off just at the water line. The stumps that remain, are anywhere from 12 to 40 feet tall from the lake bed to the surface, and are still in very good condition. It can make navigation here treacherous.
Old trees can stay around a long time if they are submerged.