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Octopus finds WWII Shipwreck

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A team of researchers aboard the 414-foot (126m) Lurssen M/Y Octopus has discovered a Japanese battleship sunk during World War II.

The team discovered the wreck of the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history. The ship was sunk by American forces off the coast of the Philippines on Oct. 24, 1944. It was found March 2 in the Sibuyan Sea about 1 kilometer down.

The yacht’s owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, announced the find on his web site, noting that he has been searching for it for more than eight years, using historical records, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht to located the wreck.

M/Y Octopus is regularly used for exploration, scientific research and rescue missions. In 2012, it was used to launch Director James Cameron’s world record solo dive to Challenger Deep, the deepest place on Earth in the Marianas Trench.

For more details, visit PaulAllen.com

 

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