The Mystery of the 26 Years of the Titanic Finally Solved

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An unsolved mystery that has shrouded the wreck of the Titanic for 26 years has finally been solved. How’s the story?

Nearly 30 years ago, PH Nargeolet, a veteran pilot of the Nautile submarine tasked with finding where the wreck of the Titanic was, found a puzzle piece, namely the sonar signals that read around the wreckage of the Titanic that sank in 1912.

For two decades, Nargeolet has been thinking about the sonar signal every night. He wondered if the sonar he saw was really the wreckage of the Titanic or just geological contours.

On October 25, 2022, Nargeolet finally found the answer to his question. The sonar signal that made Nargeolet wonder, turned out to be a volcanic coral reef.

Oisin Fanning of OceanGate Expeditions, raised funds to conduct research and dive to the point. As a result, they found that in the area around the sinking of the Titanic, there was actually a coral reef ecosystem with sponges and other marine biota.

The spot found by Nargeolet is next to the wreckage of the Titanic with extraordinary biodiversity at a depth of 2,900 meters below sea level.

“We don’t know what we found. In sonar, it could mean anything, including the potential for other shipwrecks,” Nargeolet said.

Coral Reefs at the site of the sinking of the TitanicCoral Reefs at the site of the sinking of the Titanic Photo: (OceanGate doc)

“I’ve been looking for opportunities to explore larger objects that appear in ancient sonar. It was amazing to be able to explore this area and find a volcanic formation with a lot of life there,” Nargeolet added.

OceanGate also released some pictures of their dives. It can be seen, there are coral reefs and various marine biota that live there.

Coral Reefs at the site of the sinking of the TitanicCoral Reefs at the site of the sinking of the Titanic Photo: (OceanGate doc)

Steve W Ross, a scientist from OceanGate said the discovery will improve people’s understanding of biodiversity in the deep sea.

“The formation of this basalt volcano is truly extraordinary. We were fascinated by the diversity and density of sponges, coral reefs, lobsters and fish that live at a depth of 2,900 meters in the Atlantic Ocean,” said Ross.

“Uncovering an ecosystem that was completely unknown to anyone before is an opportunity to make comparisons about the marine biology on the Titanic wreck and also in the surrounding area,” added Ross.

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