In December 1872, a merchant ship christened the Mary Celeste was discovered adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Though sea conditions were extremely mild, and the ship had been manned by experienced sailors, not a single living soul was found on board, and neither the captain nor crew were ever seen or heard from again.
Adding to the mystery, the ship was in its first month of a scheduled six month venture, and was fully stocked with food, water and supplies. The cargo was found untouched, and the crew’s personal belongings and valuables were still in place. The question of what happened on the Mary Celeste remains one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time.
Though theories range from underwater earthquakes to sea monsters, ZRS Researcher, Isabella Staal, points to a zombie outbreak as one likely explanation:
“If an undead sickness was triggered on the Mary Celeste, the isolated crew would have little ability to defend themselves. One zombie would become two, then five, then ten. The remaining survivors would have no choice but to die fighting, or jump into the unforgiving sea to drown.”
Staal speculates that once every last living soul was killed, the remaining zombies would likely head into the ocean themselves in search of more flesh on which to feed. Weeks later when the ship was finally spotted, it would be found empty and lifeless.
Could zombies have eaten the crew of the Mary Celeste? What do you think?