Watch: WWII shipwreck seen for the first time since it was blown up

In 1951, the USS Independence aircraft carrier was loaded up with explosives, towed off the coast of San Francisco, California, and sunk. It wasn’t scrapped because it was used in the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests in 1946, and scientists feared it was still radioactive. Now, researchers aboard the Nautilus expedition have sent down two remotely operated vehicles to explore the wreckage for the first time since its sinkage, Wired reports, and it's teeming with life—sea sponges have even colonized the ship’s antiair guns. The researchers, who livestreamed the exploration, are just observing the ship, but might take metal samples in the future to understand how shipwrecks decay.

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