It is the first time that a moai has been discovered in such a place, the indigenous island administration reported. The statue was about 1.60 meters tall and was found looking towards the sky. "The interesting thing is that for at least 200 to 300 years the lagoon was up to three meters deep," said Ninoska Avareipua Huki Cuadros from the island's administration. "So no one could put the Maoi down here in that time."
Easter Island is remote about 3,500 kilometers west of the Chilean coast. It is world famous for its mysterious giant stone heads.
The Moai, with their characteristic elongated head shape, long earlobes and large noses, are estimated to have been built around four centuries ago. Despite extensive research, its actual purpose and the exact time of its construction are still disputed. The Rapa Nui, the native people of Easter Island, believe that the giants have magical powers.