A valuable necklace containing a tooth from a prehistoric shark called a megalodon has been found in the sunken wreckage of the Titanic. The discovery was made during a high-tech scan of the underwater remains of the famous ship.
After the Titanic sank in 1912, the necklace remained undisturbed on the ocean floor for over a century. The scan, carried out by Magellan, a company specialized in deep-water exploration, revealed the presence of the necklace, according to CNN.
Detailed images captured during the scan reveal a beautiful gold necklace adorned with a tooth from a megalodon.
A recently created 3D model of the wreck of the RMS Titanic helped find the missing megalodon tooth necklace. [1500×1000] pic.twitter.com/inWDW6gJKk
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Scientifically known as Otodus megalodon, this enormous shark roamed the seas over 23 million years ago. In terms of speed, megalodons outpaced any shark that currently exists, and they were so large that they could devour an orca in just five bites.
Magellan stumbled upon this find while conducting a project to create a complete digital scan of the Titanic. The company considers it the most extensive underwater scanning endeavor in history.
‘Titanic (wreckage) is in two parts’
Richard Parkinson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Magellan, expressed his awe and admiration for the discovery, describing it as astonishing, beautiful, and breathtaking.
In an interview with ITV last week, Parkinson highlighted that many people are unaware that the Titanic is actually divided into two parts, with a vast debris field spanning three square miles between the bow and the stern.
He emphasized that the Magellan team meticulously mapped this field, enabling them to identify intricate details.
A necklace 'made from the tooth of a megalodon shark' has been revealed in new images from the wreckage of the Titanic.
And they're now going to use AI facial recognition to review video footage to identify who it belonged to. pic.twitter.com/xDjtKsyWDA
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‘Digital Twin’ of the Titanic wreck
Earlier this month, Magellan and Atlantic Productions, the filmmakers involved in the project, revealed further information about their achievements.
Using advanced deep-sea mapping techniques, a team of scientists succeeded in creating an exact digital replica, known as a “Digital Twin,” of the Titanic wreckage. This achievement marked the first time such a comprehensive representation has been achieved.
The press release issued earlier this month stated that the scientists managed to uncover compelling insights into the tragedy and shed light on what truly transpired on the ill-fated night of April 14, 1912.
The Titanic, once considered an almost invincible ocean liner, collided with an iceberg in the Atlantic, resulting in the loss of over 1,500 lives. This catastrophic event deeply shocked the world and sparked outrage due to the insufficient number of lifeboats available onboard.
During the summer of 2022, a dedicated research vessel conducted scans of the Titanic wreck from a location approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast of Canada, as stated in the press release.
Strict protocols were implemented to ensure that team members refrained from physically interacting with or disturbing the wreckage. The investigators emphasized that the utmost respect was given to this historically significant site.
The comprehensive digital replica produced as a result of these scans successfully portrays the entirety of the wreck, encompassing both the bow and stern sections, which had become separated at the sinking of the ship, wrote CNN.