Wednesday, September 23, 2020

NOAA Archaeologists Study Shipwrecks In ‘Graveyard Of The Atlantic’


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)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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