Top 10 STRANGEST Discoveries Made In The Jungle!
- Published on: 4/11/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From stranded sea creatures, to long lost soldiers, and a river so hot, it can burn your skin off, here are 10 of the craziest things ever found in the jungle!
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10. Humpback Whale
Early last year, local fishermen got a surprise when they discovered something pretty strange in the middle of the jungle! A 26-foot (8 meters) baby humpback whale carcass. It was found on the Brazilian island of Marajó, which is situated near the mouth of the Amazon River. The non-profit research group Bicho D’Agua explained that the whale probably became lost at sea and died of starvation or some other unknown cause, which makes sense.
Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by locals, Sigiriya is an ancient, 590-foot (180 meters) tall palace and fortress complex located on a rocky plateau in the heart of Sri Lanka. Formed from the magma of an extinct volcano, the structure towers some 656 feet (200 meters) over the surrounding jungle.
8. A Devoted Soldier
When World War II ended in 1945 with the Japanese surrender to the Allied forces, one soldier simply did not believe it was over. Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence soldier from Wakayama prefecture, remained in the Philippine jungle for over 30 years, relying on his guerrilla warfare skills to stay hidden and avoid capture. Authorities said that they had flown over the area many times, dropping packages and letters, saying the war was over but Onoda refused to accept the news.
7. The Lost “White City”
In 2015, archaeologists explored the ruins of an ancient lost city in the Mosquitia rainforest in Honduras. For centuries, indigenous locals spoke of a legendary “White City,” also known as the “City of the Monkey God.” But there was no physical evidence of the once-thriving metropolis. Everyone thought it was perhaps a legendary city until 2012, when an overhead aerial survey detected the ruins.
6. A Wartime Hideout
In 2015, archaeologists from the University of Buenos Aires announced the discovery of what they believed to be a German World War II-era hideout nestled in the thick vegetation of Argentina's Teyú Cuaré National Park, in the northeastern province of Misiones. Located close to the border with Paraguay, the site has long been associated with local legends of secretive German occupation.
5. An Airplane Hotel
Located in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park is a 1965 Boeing 727 that, at first glance, you may assume crashed into the jungle and was simply left there. But it’s actually a refurbished aircraft that was converted into a hotel. Before it became a two-bedroom home-away-from-home with a terrace and stunning views, the plane was salvaged from the San Jose (Juan Santamaria) International Airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
4. A Man-Made Rainforest
Sometimes, it’s not just what you find inside the jungle that surprises you, it’s the jungle itself. One of Charles Darwin’s least-known accomplishments exists in the form of a man-made rainforest on Ascension, a remote island in the South Atlantic.
3. The Amazon Rings
A shocking 2014 study revealed that several ditches throughout the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon were there before the rainforest itself. The square, straight, and ring-like formations are human-made, but their purpose, and who built them, remain a mystery. Their presence also begs the question of how prehistoric people changed the Amazonian landscape before Europeans arrived.
2. A Boiling River
Geophysicist Andrés Ruzo first heard of a boiling Amazonian river, called Shanay-timpishka, as a child, from his grandfather. To find out if the fabled river really exists, he traveled deep into the Peruvian jungle to investigate -- and found what he was looking for. Ruzo told National Geographic that the 5.5-mile (9 km) river, which reaches 16 feet (4.9 meters) deep in some places, starts off as a cold stream
1. A Fairytale Mountain
At first glance, you’d probably never guess that the Montaña Mágica Lodge, a hotel located in Chile’s Huilo Natural Reserve in the southern Andes, is manmade. The structure, which appears to be a volcano covered in overgrowth and with waterfalls flowing down the sides, blends in perfectly with the surrounding Patagonian jungle.
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