First Titanic dive in 14 years finds ship being ‘consumed’ by ocean

The first Titanic dive in 14 years found that the ship is being “consumed” by the ocean.

According to a release from Triton Submarines, an exploration crew with a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed five dives over eight days to the wreck using the Limited Factor submarine.

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CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Visitors look at a 13 ton section of the hull of the Titanic on display at the Titanic exhibit 18 February 2000 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor. AFP PHOTO/TANNEN MAURY (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors touch a section of the hull from the Titanic on display at the Titanic exhibit 18 February 2000 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, including a 13 ton section of the hull. AFP PHOTO/TANNEN MAURY (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
Original china recovered from the wreck of the Titanic is on display in a water-filled tank at the Titanic exhibit 18 February 2000 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, including a 13 ton section of the hull. AFP PHOTO/TANNEN MAURY (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: A Small porthole is seen at 'The Titanic Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on October 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The show begins February 9th 2002. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
Artifacts on display that were recovered from the Titanic (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: A binocular from the Titanic is on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: Artifacts from the Titanic are on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: A gold wristwatch from the Titanic is on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: An artifact from the Titanic is on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: A pair of rubber shoes from the Titanic is on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: An artifact from the Titanic is on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: A pipe with sculpted bowl from the Titanic are on display at 'TITANIC The Artifact Exhibit' at the California Science Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition opens February 9, 2003. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 26: Name boards from a lifeboat on the R.M.S. Titanic are displayed May 26, 2006 at Christie?s in New York City. Part of the Ocean liners Furnishings and Art sale at the auction house, the two name boards, which survived the 1912 sinking of the ship, each have an estimated auction price above $40,000. The sale includes a total of ten lots of Titanic memorabilia and is scheduled for auction June 1. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 6: A pair of glasses is displayed in the Titanic: Aritifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California. The exhibition opens on June 10, 2006 and will feature more than 300 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from Titanic's debris field. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 6: An artifact from the Titanic are displayed in the Titanic: Artifact Exhibition at the Metreon on June 6, 2006 in San Francisco, California. The exhibition opens on June 10, 2006 and will feature more than 300 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from Titanic's debris field. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Assorted artifacts from 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
Assorted artifacts from 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Recovered Titanic artifact on display at the Titanic Auction preview at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on January 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the RMS Titanic on display at the Titanic Auction preview at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on January 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Recovered Titanic artifact on display at the Titanic Auction preview at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on January 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
A cup from the RMS Titanic is on display during a news conference by Guernsey's Auction House January 5, 2012 aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Guernsey's announced the historic auction of the complete collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck site of RMS Titanic. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A pair of shoes recovered from the Titanic are seen at an exhibition at Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum in Singapore on April 2, 2012. The exhibition features about 275 artifacts recovered where 14 of which have never been seen before with realistic re-creation and personal stories of the maiden voyage which sank in 1912. RMS Titanic which tragically sank on April 15, 1912 will mark its 100th aniversary this year. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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After the luxury British passenger RMS Titanic liner made contact with an iceberg that scraped the side of the ship, it sank into the ocean on April 14 and 15 in 1912. Around 1,500 of the approximately 2,200 passengers and crew members on board died, as many of the lifeboats were initially under-filled when they departed from the ship, which had previously been deemed “unskinable” by some.

The ship lies nearly 4,000 meters below the surface of the ocean, around 370 miles south of Newfoundland in water that is just 1 degree Celsius on the surface. During the dive, expedition members held a ceremony to honor those who died in the incident and laid a wreath on the wreck.

Photos shared from Atlantic Productions show the tip of the ship covered with oceanic material that have gathered on it in the more than 100 years since it sank.

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Newborn baby boy Lucien P. Smith Jr in the arms of a nurse, November 1912. Smith's mother, Eloise Hughes Smith (1893 - 1940), was pregnant while a passenger returning from her honeymoon on board the White Star liner Titanic when the ship sank on 15th April 1912. Smith's husband, Lucien P. Smith, was also on board, but did not survive. Eloise later married a fellow Titanic survivor, Robert P. Daniel. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Some lifeboats carry the people who survived the shipwreck of the transatlantic liner Titanic, at dawn among ice blocks, illustration from the magazine L'Illustration, year 70, no 3609, April 27, 1912.
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: Photograph of W. T. Bralley, a member of the Titanic's band of eight musicians and one of the many men that died at their post when the ship sank on April 15th, 1912. The band played on until the water was over their feet. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and sank after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images) (Photo by National Media Museum/Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
British fashion designer Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon (1863 - 1935), one of the surviviors of the Titanic disaster of 14th April 1912, circa 1920. (Photo by Lasalle/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Board of Trade Titanic enquiry. Left to Right Harold Lowe fifth officer on the Titanic with second officer Charles Lightoller before giving evidence at the Board of Trade enquiry in to the loss of the RMS Titanic. 20th May 1912 (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Illustrative reconstruction of 'How passengers and crew faced the situation on the Titanic' entitle 'The Women and Children First', The drawing shows men helping women into lifeboarts and saying goodbye to their loved ones. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, and sank on 15th April, 1912, after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
11th May 1912: A group of survivors of the 'Titanic' disaster, arrive at Liverpool aboard the 'Adriatic'. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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11th May 1912: A group of survivors from the 'Titanic' disaster arrive at Liverpool on the 'Adriatic'. 3rd officer William Pitman stands on the right (wearing a cap). (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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A page from a feature in The Graphic, following the homecoming of the 167 surviving crew of the White Star liner Titanic, which sank on 15th April 1912, as they arrived at Plymouth on the S.S. Lapland, 4th May 1912. Original publication: The Graphic, pub 4th May 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
May 1912: The crew of the 'Titanic' waiting near one of the lions at Portsmouth Town Hall for the court to open. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Children putting money into a collection box in aid of victims of the 'Titanic' disaster, outside Mansion House, London, May 1912. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Relatives wait on a railway platform as survivors of the Titanic arrive at Southampton, 29th April 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
29th April 1912: Survivors of the Titanic disaster board a GWR (Great Western Railway) ferry at Plymouth after arriving in England on the SS Lapland. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
White Star Liner, RMS Titanic, Illustration of the scene outside the White Star offices at Southampton showing people searching for the names of loved ones amongst the list of survivors of the stricken Titanic, The ship,built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, sank on April 16th 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
23rd April 1912: Reverend Hartley, who was lost in the 'Titanic' shipping disaster, with his niece and daughter who both survived the tragedy. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
27th April 1912: An artist's impression of Captain Smith's last orders to the crew of the doomed 'Titanic' on 14th April 1912. Original Artwork: Drawing by Douglas Macpherson The Graphic - pub. 27th April 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Titanic disaster. People waiting for news at Southampton. 18th April 1912. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Newspaper boy with news of the Titanic disaster, 14 April 1912. Evening News headlines: Titanic Disaster - Great Loss of Life. Operated by the White Star Line, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912. She was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable. In the collision five of her watertight compartments were compromised and she sank. Out of the 2228 people on board, only 705 survived. A major cause of the loss of life was the insufficient number of lifeboats she carried. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
15th April 1912: The Carpathia arrives to pick up survivors in lifeboats from the Titanic. Original Publication: The Graphic - pub. 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Brothers Michel and Edmond Navratil, Survivors of the Sinking of RMS Titanic, Portrait, Bain News Service, 1912. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
14th April 1912: Survivors watch from the lifeboats as the ill-fated White Star liner, the 'Titanic', plunges beneath the waves. Original Publication: Illustrated London News - pub. 1912 Original Publication: From a special supplement of 'Graphic'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Callers at the offices of the White Star shipping line, making enquiries about the welfare of friends or relatives after the sinking of the Titanic, April 1912. The Titanic sank on 15th April with the loss of over 1400 lives. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Florette Guggenheim (nee Seligman 1870 - 1937, right) and her brother James de Witt Seligman at the offices of the White Star shipping line in New York, April 1912. The pair are waiting to to enquire about the welfare of Guggenheim's husband, American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, who was a passenger on board the Titanic when she sank on 15th April. Benjamin Guggenheim was not among the surviviors. Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
April 1912: Lowering the lifeboats on the SS Titanic after the liner collided with an iceberg. Original Publication: From a page of The Graphic, 1912. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The liner Titanic in dry dock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast, February 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Hours of Awful Suspense in London', April 20, 1912. 'Relatives and friends of passengers on the Titanic studying the lists of the saved, and leaving the White Star Line offices at Oceanic House, Cockspur St, after making anxious enquiries for news'. The White Star Line ship RMS 'Titanic' struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912. She was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable. In the collision, five of her watertight compartments were compromised and she sank. Out of the 2228 people on board, only 705 survived. A major cause of the loss of life was the insufficient number of lifeboats she carried. Page 14, from "Titanic In Memoriam Number", a special supplement in "The Daily Graphic" newspaper issued following the sinking of the 'Titanic' on 15 April 1912, published on 20 April 1912. Artist Unknown. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)
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Researchers found the ship has been impacted by salt corrosion, metal-eating bacteria and action from currents deep in the ocean.

“The most fascinating aspect was seeing how the Titanic is being consumed by the ocean and returning to its elemental form while providing refuge for a remarkably diverse number of animals,” Patrick Lahey, president and co-founder of Triton Submarines, said in a statement.

Victor Vescovo, chief pilot of the submarine and CEO of Caladan Oceanic, said the expedition team was happy the Limiting Factor could complete the number of dives and wants to see what the technology can do in the future.

“We are so pleased that we were able to repeatedly take the Limiting Factor down to the most historic ship lying on the ocean floor. Our success on Titanic clearly demonstrates we now have a proven system that can easily and repeatedly visit any ocean wreck, at any depth, anywhere in the world, and study it in detail. We’re seriously thinking about where to take her next.”

A documentary film from Atlantic Productions London will be released along with the full results of the expedition, Triton Submarines said.

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The Rms Titanic Of The White Star Line. From The Story Of 25 Eventful Years In Pictures, Published 1935. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
A US Coast Guard cutter on patrol for icebergs in the steamship lanes of the North Atlantic, North Atlantic, June 1, 1922. Their location is charted and broadcast to the various ships passing through. This work was instituted after the Titanic disaster. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
How the Titanic Survivors Were Picked up by the Carpathia, Photograph taken by Mr J W Barker of a boatload of Titanic survivors, showing babies, women and seamen with oars, Carpathia was sailing from New York City to Rijeka on the night of Sunday, 14 April 1912. The captain, Arthur Henry Rostron, was asleep in his cabin when wireless operator Harold Cottam burst in and told him of Titanic's distress signal, Captain Rostron immediately set course to the liner's last known position, over 60 miles away, At 4 o'clock in the morning Carpathia arrived at the scene after working her way through dangerous ice fields and was able to save 705 people. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and sank on April 15th, 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images),
How the Titanic Survivors Were Picked up by the Carpathia, Photograph taken by Mr J W Barker of one of Titanic's collaspible boats containing about 30 people, approaching the Carpathia, Carpathia was sailing from New York City to Rijeka on the night of Sunday, 14 April 1912. The captain, Arthur Henry Rostron, was asleep in his cabin when wireless operator Harold Cottam burst in and told him of Titanic's distress signal, Captain Rostron immediately set course to the liner's last known position, over 60 miles away, At 4 o'clock in the morning Carpathia arrived at the scene after working her way through dangerous ice fields and was able to save 705 people. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and sank on April 15th, 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images),
A photograph of the Swimming Bath on Titanic, the biggest of its kind on any vessel. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, and sank on 15th April, 1912, after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
Luxury Room on RMS Titanic, Photograph of the Reading and Writing Room on board Titanic, The steamship was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and later sank on April 16th 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
Photograph of newspaper seller - How the News of the Sinking of the Titanic Reached Londoners, The steamship was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and later sank on April 15th, 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
A photograph of a private suite on Titanic, showing a marble fireplace and costly electrical fittings. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, and sank on 15th April, 1912, after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
The liner Titanic in dry dock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast, February 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A photograph of the Gymnasium on the Titanic, Passengers could ride on a mechanically-worked saddle or exercise 'as if in a racing skiff'. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, and sank on 15th April, 1912, after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
Luxury Room on RMS Titanic, Photograph of the Reading and Writing Room on board Titanic, The steamship was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and later sank on April 16th 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
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