Seaweed? Fisherman discovers 'underwater field of marijuana' in Chile

Posted on March 14 2016

It has been reported that a fisherman has discovered an 'underwater field of marijuana' off the Chilean coast whilst fishing last week.  This 'seaweed' has never been seen before in nature. 

The fisherman is believed to have been fishing for turbot when he caught unidentified vegetation in his net, which was later identified by marine biologists at the Chilean Aquaculture Centre as a strain of cannabis sativa. The strain has been affectionately named 'Amigo de pescador' by locals, which roughly translates to Fisherman's Friend in English. 

Research suggests that a naturally occurring genetic defect in the plant, coupled with small hydrothermal vents in the proximity and epipelagic location, have created serendipitous growing conditions that you wouldn't find anywhere in nature and would be difficult to reproduce artificially. 

Camila Rojas, a marine biologist, told us this: "It's a very unusual occurrence. I'm assured by my more familiar peers that the levels of THC aren't particularly high but the plants do produce female flowers. Cannabis cultivation in Chile is amongst some of the oldest in the world, so I'm not particularly surprised something like this could happen.

Although Chile has over 4000km (2500 miles) of coastline to take advantage of, I'm not sure the ecosystem at any other point could sustain the growth of this plant like it has on this miraculous occasion."

In 1545 Spaniards introduced the western hemisphere to hemp cultivation by importing cannabis into Chile. As a strong naval power at the time, the Spanish were keen to grow as much hemp as possible to avoid reliance on foreign merchants, which resulted in large scales farming operations across Chile. 

It unclear what the fate of the treasure trove of 'seaweed' will be, but the Chilean authorities have allowed for select individuals to conduct further research on the plant to see if it has any medicinal applications. The Latin American state is very interested in medical marijuana, last October it authorised the growth of 850 plants in a residential area of La Florida to be used by over 200 patients. 

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  • wotoadgi: September 10, 2015

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  • mia: March 23, 2015

    Bigger, closer pics or IT DIDNT HAPPEN. BELIEVE WHEN I SEE IT!!

  • Nigger: February 26, 2015

    Fuck niggers and chicks you know why I’m saying ain’t nobody want any monkeys commenting on this they don’t know shit them stoopid coons

  • Reaper : February 26, 2015

    Anyone try growing weed and using saltwater? The evolutionary changes it would have to undertake to go from growing on land to under water would be huge also the fact that it isn’t found on any credible site leads me to believe this is just a steaming pile of bull shit.

  • jon: February 25, 2015

    There would have to have been a ton of evolutionary changes to the plant to ha e turned it from plant to aquatic plant. While you can grow plants hydroponicly they still have access to the same things needed to grow CO2 sunlight of a certain uv spectrum oxygen for the roots nitrogen and other minerals and also a balanced ph level. I’m not saying its impossible but it would mean a complete change of what the plant is in order to change to that and seeds that are healthy and will produce plants float.

  • starlord: February 25, 2015


  • Oglalla Steve: February 24, 2015

    Personally I dont believe a word of it! If you know anything about plant life you would know this is impossible!

  • Raoul : February 18, 2015

    I was brought up in Chile and had heard rumours about this since i was a young boy, and its only until recent years I have actually come across this strain. A fisherman in my village has pulling the stuff out of his nets for a while now and has been supplying the village with it.

  • Rafe: February 18, 2015

    Looks like seaweed to me! Internet is full of crap these days!

  • memnock: February 16, 2015

    If it is truely a can cannibis plant or family member how does it propigate under water without uv light n male plants….mmmm

  • TAT2MIKE: February 14, 2015


  • dj: February 14, 2015

    ya it could happen if the were shiping it what if seed fell in and planted at the bottom

  • cody: February 14, 2015

    I beat its killer

  • Patrick Ozuna : February 14, 2015

    At least some one agrees lol thanks pat

  • Patrick Ozuna : February 14, 2015

    David resendiz you can’t spell for nothing? Wud? Smethin? Jus? Happnd???
    Would!! Somthing!!! Just!!! Happend!!! Just saying lmao

  • Patrick Garcia : February 14, 2015

    David resendiz you can’t spell go shit!! Lmao

  • Juan pablo: February 14, 2015

    Solo en nuestro país pueden ser ta MENTIROSOS

  • a strange: February 13, 2015


    and here is illegal grow weed :\

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