A necklace containing the tooth of a prehistoric shark known as a megalodon was discovered in the wreckage of the Titanic during a digital scan of the sunken ship.
For more than 100 years, the necklace lay on the ocean floor after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, according to Magellan, a deep-sea research company that performed the sweep.
The scan images show a gold necklace with a tooth from a megalodon, scientifically known as Otodus megalodon, a prehistoric shark that lived more than 23 million years ago.
Megalodons were faster than any shark alive today and big enough to eat an orca in just five bites.
The necklace was discovered by Magellan during a project to produce a full-size digital scan of the Titanic, which the company says is the largest underwater scan project in history.
Richard Parkinson, CEO of Magellan, said the discovery was “amazing, beautiful and breathtaking”.
“What is not widely understood is that Titanic is split into two parts and there is a three square mile debris field between the bow and stern,” Parkinson told ITV last week. “The team mapped the field in such detail that we were able to identify these things.”
Earlier this month, details about the project were released.
Magellan and the filmmakers at Atlantic Productions said at the time that a team of scientists used seafloor mapping to create “an exact ‘Digital Twin’ of the sinking of the Titanic for the first time.”
Scientists were able to “reveal details of the tragedy and discover fascinating information about what really happened to the crew and passengers on that fateful night” of April 14, 1912, the press release said earlier this month.
The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in service at the time, considered nearly impregnable. But she hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and more than 1,500 people died in the sinking, shocking the world and sparking outrage over the lack of lifeboats on board.
Sweeps of the wreck were carried out in the summer of 2022 by a specialist vessel stationed 700 kilometers off the coast of Canada, according to the statement.
Strict protocols prohibited crew members from touching or disturbing the wreckage, which investigators stressed was treated with the “ultimate respect”.
The final digital replica managed to capture the entire wreck, including the bow and stern, which separated after the sinking.
Source: CNN Brasil
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