Underwater expedition finds sunken warship This image provided by Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live, shows the canopy of a Grumman Hellcat fighter aircraft seen in an aircraft elevator hatch on the sunken wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast near San Francisco, Calif. (Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live via AP)
Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
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An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier. It once was used in atomic tests in the Pacific.
 
The expedition was led by Robert Ballard. He is the famed oceanographer. The expedition captured the wreckage of the USS Independence. It was located half a mile under the sea. That is the area in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This is off the coast of California.
 
Scientists were aboard the ocean research ship Nautilus. It lowered two unmanned submersibles to the ocean floor. The scientists also found a Hellcat fighter plane, anti-aircraft guns, hatches and the ship's name on the hull.
 
"What's so wonderful about the wrecks in deeper water, like this ship . . . is that they are in amazing states of preservation," Ballard said. "There's very little change."  The Navy scuttled the Independence in 1951.
 
"The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth," Ballard added.
 
Samples of marine life growing on the ship will be brought onboard the Nautilus. They will be tested for possible radioactivity. It would be left from the bomb tests. The samples also will be analyzed for the effects of climate change.
 
Scientists also plan to explore the wreckage of a historic steam yacht from 1886 and the freighter Dorothy Windermote. The exploration is part of the four-month expedition.
 
Earlier in August, the Nautilus team discovered a "googly eyed" stubby squid. They found it while combing the sea floor off the California coast. Video of the researchers delighting in the discovery became an Internet sensation.  To watch round-the-clock video of the expedition, visit www.nautiluslive.org.

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  • connerf-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:22 a.m.

    Short but cool!It looks like its been there for years.It would of been cool if it was easier to see.But there is something i dident git tho.

  • jasono-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:23 a.m.

    It was cool how they found a plane under water from world war 2 at the coast of california and a googled eye ''stubby squid'' and how did they find the wreckage.

    • maggiep-dal
      9/02/2016 - 11:44 a.m.

      good job i think that it was very good information

  • caseyg-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:27 a.m.

    Whats amazing is the deep sea is the largest museum. I like story's about ships that have sunk for example: The Titanic. This story really tells some history. And people just found it, so this new.

  • nataliep1-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:30 a.m.

    They were fighting against Germany Because Adolf Hitler . The thing that is interesting is I want to learn what is inside of it .

  • brayanr-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:31 a.m.

    maybe the plane was found with a plane because they were battling each other and they hit each other at the same time or they were battling then the sip went down then the plane got shot right in the spot the ship went down.

  • joshb1-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:33 a.m.

    i think this is very cool maybe the plane had a system failure and it sunk withe the ship.or the plane had a system failure and it crashed with the ship.or the ship sunk a couple days later the plane had another system failure and sunk in the same spot.there is so many reasons that this happened this is very interesting.

    • skylerhyatt-bak
      9/08/2016 - 04:15 p.m.

      maybe

  • cadeng-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:38 a.m.

    i think it was great because it had details.it also was telling how and were they found it.i also have a question i wonder what and how it sunk.and it was really a great find and i loved it.

  • maggiep-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:41 a.m.

    i think that it is cool that they just found a war ship from World War 2.and I think that it is fascinating.it is awesome that it has bin down there for a long time

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