At 4,000 meters below sea level, the Titanic was the British passenger ship that sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912 and which later became world-famous to a new audience in the feature film of the same name from 1997.
But the year before the movie came out, diver Paul Henri Nargolet made a mysterious discovery near the wreck using what’s called “sonar technology.”
An underwater sound way to detect objects in the sea. The method revealed that there was something on the sea floor, but no one knows exactly why.
Because with four other researchers, Nargeolet conducted new searches earlier this year. And although, based on the size of the explosion, he thought he would find another shipwreck, he didn’t.
Instead, he found something that one researcher calls “biologically remarkable.” He found rocky reefs, made up of various volcanic formations, and animal life teeming with lobsters, deep-sea fish and many coral species that can date back thousands of years, he wrote. CNN.
– It’s biologically wonderful. The animals that live there are very different from those in the deep sea, Murray Roberts, a professor of marine biology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and one of the researchers on the expedition, tells CNN.
Nargoele has done a very important scientific work. She thought it was a wreck, but in my head it turned out to be more awesome than a wreck, she says.
Since this is far out at sea, there is usually only mud, but on a few occasions researchers have found such corals. Roberts now believes that the discovery in the Titanic indicates that it may be more common than initially thought.
– How did they get there?
This discovery may also help researchers investigate another mystery. Namely, how such sponges and corals move, which scientists have not been able to figure out, according to Roberts.
– How did they get there? They don’t live long enough to get there, Roberts says, but if there are more of these corals than we thought, I think it could help us understand how these species are distributed across the ocean.
Exact results and more information about them will be shared after reviewing all the photos and videos they have taken. Nargeolet also hopes to be able to dive again to look for another hit he got in 1996. He thinks what he’ll find will be even bigger than this find.
Life at sea was very beautiful. It was really unbelievable, Nargolet says, because I didn’t expect to see this in my life.
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