When the Titanic wreck was first discovered in 1985, it was located 600 kilometers south of Newfoundland. At that time, except for the broken parts, the rest of the hull and many internal structures were well preserved.
Ocean explorer Victor Vescovo led his team to drive a deep submersible and dive to 3,810 meters underwater to photograph the current situation of the Titanic. This has been 14 years since the last wreck investigation.
Victor found that over the past 14 years, the underwater shipwreck fragments had significantly disintegrated, especially the starboard side that was the first to hit the iceberg when the accident occurred. It is difficult to recognize its original appearance. The porcelain bathtub in the captain’s bedroom disappeared, and the entire row of houses on the same side as the captain’s cabin gradually collapsed and damaged.
When researchers took underwater photos of the Titanic wreckage in 2005, they found that the metal throughout the hull was severely corroded, and the hull was collapsing, deforming, and cracking everywhere, and the wreckage was disappearing at an ever-increasing rate.
In fact, the rapid demise of the Titanic wreckage was closely related to the salt content and microbial erosion in the seawater. Powerful deep-sea currents and metal-eating microbial groups are irresistible and pervasive natural destructive forces.
Among these microorganisms, there is also a special rust bacteria called “Salina”, which is extremely destructive. Scientists speculate that the entire Titanic wreck will no longer exist before 2030.