The mystery behind the ancient underwater kingdom in Turkey
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A team of researchers from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, together with a team of divers and an underwater photographer and videographer first set out in search of the lake Van monster. They were able to benefit from the funding granted by the university for the underwater exploration of Lake Van. Previous search teams had scoured the floor of the lake and found corals, pearl mullets and microbialites. But this team later discovered that they had hit the jackpot with their discovery.
The new team was aware of the failure of the previous one. They had even been discouraged from undertaking this mission. In an interview, the head of the diving team mentioned that, « There was a rumour that there might be something under the water but most archaeologists and museum officials told us that we won’t find anything. » But they had learned from the mistakes of their predecessors. They had come back with more sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipment, ready to uncover what was hiding deep beneath the lake. They also had more seasoned divers with more advanced abilities. So they were confident about their chances of discovering something big.