Right now, the waters of Lake Michigan are so crystal clear that you can see all of its secrets laid bare from the sky. So clear, in fact, that the US Coast Guard last week made a routine fly over the area, and was able to capture these incredible images of shipwrecks that have been laying beneath the water for, in some instances, more than 100 years. The clear water is common at this time of year, during the short window of time after the winter ice melts, but before warmer temperatures and agricultural runoff trigger algal blooms, that cloud the lake from site once more.
Despite how inviting the perfect blue water looks, don’t be deceived, it’s still only around 3 degrees Celsius (38 Fahrenheit). According to NPR, around 6,000 ships have sunk in North America’s Great Lakes, with approximately 1,500 in Lake Michigan alone. One of the coast guard pilots, Charlie Wilson, told NPR that it’s “fairly common” to see a wreck from the sky, but “not in the numbers we saw on that flight”. They’ve since shared their images on the US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City Facebook page, calling the event “Shipwreck Sunday”. Source: Lake Michigan is so clear right now, you can see its shipwrecks from a plane