(Hi)Story of the mythical underwater coconut palm
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Before the Seychelles were discovered in 1768, it was believed in the Maldives that there was a mythical coconut palm tree growing on the bottom of the ocean.
The reason for this belief was the giant sized coconut (40-50cm / 15-20”) washing up on shore without a tree bearing similar fruits in sight. Common belief was that if there is no tree on land it grows on, it must be from a tree underneath the surface.