Images of a gold necklace with shark teeth found on the Titanic
A necklace “made from the tooth of a megalodon shark” has been revealed in new images taken of the wreckage of the Titanic 110 years after it sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
The British newspaper The Daily Mail reported that the impressive necklace was identified in images taken last year during an inspection by Richard Parkinson, founder and chief executive of deep-sea exploration firm Magellan.
The recordings were made with the intention of capturing the first digital scans of the wreck, which present the massive ship in detail, almost as if it had been recovered from the water.
No other objects surrounding the necklace have been identified, although it appears to be near a collection of small ring-shaped beads, as reported by the Daily Mail.
However, Magellan, who is working with Atlantic Productions on a documentary about last year’s expedition, is prohibited from recovering the objects found on the seabed.
It is estimated that more than 1,500 of the 2,224 people who traveled aboard the Titanic died when the luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912.
In this image taken from the digital scan released by Atlantic/Magellan, the bow of the Titanic is seen, in the Atlantic Ocean. (Atlantic/Magellan via AP)
The submersibles have spent more than 200 hours taking 700,000 images of all angles of the ship to create the 3D reconstruction, over the past year.
The company had noted the presence of a shark tooth in the footage, but upon closer inspection realized it was a necklace.
Richard Parkinson, director of Magellan, described the find as “amazing, beautiful and impressive.”
“We found a megalodon tooth that is in the shape of a necklace, it’s incredible, it’s absolutely incredible,” he told local outlet ITV News.
Using two remotely-operated submersibles, a team of researchers spent six weeks last summer in the North Atlantic mapping every inch of the Titanic. (Atlantic/Magellan via AP)
An extinct shark and one of the largest fish that ever lived, the teeth of the megalodon have been known to reach more than seven inches in length.
Deep-sea researchers have completed the first full digital scan of the Titanic, showing the entire wreck in unprecedented detail and clarity.
Using two remotely-operated submersibles, a team of researchers spent six weeks last summer in the North Atlantic mapping the entire ship and the surrounding 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) debris field where belongings of liner passengers were strewn. such as shoes and watches.
Parkinson estimated that the resulting data, including 715,000 images, is 10 times larger than any underwater 3D model that has been attempted before.
“It’s an absolutely one-to-one digital copy, a ‘twin’ of the Titanic in every detail,” said Anthony Geffen, director of the documentary company Atlantic Productions.
Images taken from the digital scan released by Atlantic / Magellan, the bow of the Titanic is observed, in the Atlantic Ocean. (Atlantic/Magellan via AP)
The Titanic was on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City when it struck an iceberg off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. The luxury liner sank within hours, an accident that claimed the lives of about 1,500 people.
The wreck, discovered in 1985, lies about 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) below the sea, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast of Canada.
Geffen added that preview images of the Titanic were often affected by low light levels and only allowed viewers to view one area of the wreck at a time. He added that the new 3D model captures both the bow and stern sections, which parted as they sank, in crisp detail, including the propeller serial number.
The researchers have spent seven months processing the vast amount of data they collected and a documentary on the project is expected to be released next year. But beyond that, Geffen hopes the new technology will help researchers unravel the details of how the Titanic met her fate and allow people to interact with the story in a new way.
“All our assumptions about how it sank and many of the details of the Titanic come from guesswork, because there is no model that one can reconstruct or calculate exact distances,” he added.
(With information from AP)
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