A diving expedition team found a treasure unlike any other on a sunken battleship: 340-year-old cheese.
While exploring the Kronan, a royal 126-gun warship that sank in 1676 during a battle against Danish-Dutch forces, divers found the "mass of bacteria" inside a tin pressed into seabed clay.
"We’re pretty sure it’s some kind of dairy product, butter or cheese," said Lars Einarsson, leader of the diving expedition. "It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort, a sort of really ripe, unpasteurized cheese."
Once the pressure dropped as the tin was taken to the surface, the repulsive smell hit the explorers like a ton of bricks.
"I certainly don't recommend tasting it," Einarsson said.
The tin has since been sent for lab analysis.
Aside from the cheesy treasure, divers also found several gold coins and a diamond ring. Since the Kronan's discovery in 1980, close to 30,000 artifacts, from dozens of bronze cannons to nearly 900 pounds of victims' bones, have been uncovered.
Anyone up for a cheese and wine tasting?