Just because a sunken ship has been regularly visited by divers doesn’t mean its full story has been told.

Marine archaeologists and biologists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary over the past summer made detailed surveys of the submarine USS Tarpon and the passenger ship Proteus, which lie off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, otherwise known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

Tane Casserley, a maritime archeaologist with the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, says:

“There’s nowhere else in the coastal United States where you’re going to get wrecks from all these different time periods so close together and so close to shore. It’s a very special area.”

Check out NOAA’s sanctuaries website for the full story.

(Photo credit: Tane Casserley/NOAA)

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