When a little boy was walking by Estonia’s Lake Kurtna Matasjarv, he noticed something strange. Nothing seemed to be growing in a deep trough in the ground, and there didn’t seem to be anything coming in or out of the lake, even though the path led directly into the water.
But when he looked closer, he noticed a continuous stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom. And when he brought this to the attention of some nearby adults, they started a full-scale investigation.
This didn’t look like an ordinary hiking path. It looked like it had been gouged into the ground.
Though it led into the water, nobody saw a vessel or body. So why was there a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the water?
Some hikers tried digging around, but when it became clear that they couldn’t do it alone, they alerted the authorities.
They hoped that the mystery would be solved with the proper equipment.
Shortly after they began to dig, they struck the side of a metal object.
Is that some kind of…craft?
They later found a hatch.
They kept digging, eager to learn more about this mystery.
They finally saw enough of the object to know what it was.
It was a World War II tank, somehow kept in nearly perfect condition.
The tank appeared to be a Soviet-built T34/76A.
They now suspect that the tank was abandoned in the lake in order to avoid the enemy getting their hands on it.
The 27-metric-ton tank had been at the bottom of the lake for 56 years!
A disc golf course is just 1,000 feet away from where they found it.
It took incredible effort to get the enormous tank out of the mud, but they managed to do it.
Who knows how long that tank would have stayed in the lake if the kid hadn’t said something? What an amazing discovery!
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