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Video Explores The Ghost Fleet Of Warships Sunk By Nuclear Weapons In The Pacific

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Robin Andrews

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clockApr 16 2016, 12:33 UTC
1029 Video Explores The Ghost Fleet Of Warships Sunk By Nuclear Weapons In The Pacific
The deck of a huge warship emerges out of the darkness. Alucia Productions

Scientists spend much of their time peering up into the deep, dark night, hoping to catch glimpses of spectacular cosmic sights. Although we know very little about the far reaches of space, those who spend their lives exploring the depths of our own world’s oceans will always tell you that we’re even less aware of what life is like on the seafloor.

The research ship Alucia's submersible vehicle is just one of many designed to explore the deepest parts of the ocean, and it’s certainly proving to be an intrepid mechanical wonder: Just recently, it was part of a squadron of submersible vehicles that stumbled across a swarming mob of red crabs off the coast of Panama.

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Bikini Atoll: Into the Atomic Abyss from Alucia Productions on Vimeo.

 

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As a another remarkable video by Alucia Productions shows, it has also explored the waters off the coast of Bikini Atoll, a small strip of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This tiny speck is most notable for being the site of 23 nuclear weapon tests conducted by the U.S. between 1946 and 1958.

As Alucia has revealed, this atoll is also surrounded by a ghost fleet of military ships. During these atomic explosions, more than 95 naval vessels were sunk on purpose.

The USS Saratoga, a vast aircraft carrier built in the 1920s that survived numerous battles with the Japanese military forces during the Second World War, was brought to Bikini Atoll and designated as a test target.

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Although it survived the first nuclear blast with surprisingly little damage, it was finally sent to its watery grave after a second cataclysmic explosion. The Alucia paid a visit to the Saratoga, and even managed to see some of the warplanes still resting on its deck, in the amazing video above.


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