By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
For over 40 years, George Gelé, a retired architect and amateur archaeologist has visited an area 50 miles east of New Orleans which he believes is where the remnants of an ancient, submerged city can be found.
Off the coast of Chandeleur Islands, which are a chain of uninhabited barrier islands, are granite mounds, which Gelé refers to as“Crecsentis”.
Prior to the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 12, 000 years ago, this area might have been dry land
However, since granite is not naturally found in Mississippi or Louisiana, these mounds have been studied in order to verify their origins and how they got there.
Gelé claims that in the center of this granite city is a pyramid. He told WWLTV a New Orleans news station that, "Somebody floated a billion stones down the Mississippi River and assembled them outside what would later become New Orleans. What’s down there are hundreds of buildings that are covered with sand and silt and that are geographically related to the Great Pyramid at Giza. This is architecture. This is not ballast. This is the outer surface, and this is a rain gutter.”
Gelé has made forty-four excursions to the area, four of them with Ricky Robin, a local shrimper. The fisherman told the same news station that the compass on the boat spun around when they neared the area where the pyramid is supposed to be located.
The shrimper said, "Everything will go out on your boat, all your electronics. Like as if you were in the Bermuda Triangle. That’s exactly what we got here."
He described that through the years, fishermen have caught strange square rocks in their nets.
According to the St. Bernard Voice, in January, 2022, George Gelé addressed the Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society about the Mystery of Chandeleur Sound. It was described where Gele made his first trip to the "granite mounds" in 1976. The site has "long intrigued Isleño fishermen and mariners familiar with the area. Who could have constructed a solid granite structure roughly the size of the Caesar's Superdome in these waters, now covered with silt?"
Other scientist have postulated that the granite masses are the result of construction dumps or the remnants of shipwrecks.
In the late 1980s, Texas A&M produced a study suggesting the granite were shipwrecks or ballast stones thrown from Spanish or French ships as they entered the shallow waters leading to New Orleans.
In 2011, Rob Mann, an LSU archaeology professor theorized the stones were building materials dumped in the 1940s in order to create an artificial reef. As to the question of why there, this has not been answered.
Gelé theorizes the ruins predate the ancient Aztec, Maya and Inca civilizations. He has produced sonar images which he describes as ruins of major buildings, which include a large pyramid that he estimates is 280 feet tall. He claims it produces a large amount of electromagnetic energy.
He told WWLTV, "All I know is somebody built a city 12,000 years ago and it’s stuck out in Chandeleur. Whether or not they had someone on their shoulder who flew in with a UFO, I don’t know. All I know is they left a whole lot of granite rocks out there."
But there are other mysteries at the Chandeleur Islands...
In August, 2022, the world's smallest sea turtle species was found nesting on the barrier islands. The Kemp's ridley sea turles returned after 75 years. Their presence is particularly significant as 95% of the nesting take place in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The peak of sea turtle nesting season runs from June through July, with most hatchlings beginning to emerge 50 to 60 days later.
From the early 1900s onward their numbers dwindled due to oil spills, hurricanes and other weather events that affected the barrier islands.
Wildlife experts have also found the threatened loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the islands.
On August 29, 2023, Tally the Kemp's ridley sea turtle found stranded and near death on the coast of Wales is being sent home. Somehow it got lost thousands of miles from the mild waters of the Gulf, and probably swept by the gulfstream to the cold water where it washed up to the beach. It was spotted by a person walking their dog, and presumed dead. The discovery was reported to British Divers' Marine Life Rescue who nursed her back to health.
She will be released to the wild in Galveston in September.
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