Few historical events have remained in the public consciousness quite like the sinking of the Titanic, and after over a century of sitting on the bottom of the Atlantic, a production team has captured 4K footage of the wreck for the first time.
Atlantic Productions captured the footage for an upcoming documentary, marking the first time the ship has been visited in about 14 years.
Of course, the difficulty is that the wreck of the Titanic lays at a depth of about 12,500 feet in two large pieces, where unfathomably high pressures necessitate the use of specialized equipment to protect both the divers and machines that visit it.
The footage has revealed that the ship is in an advanced state of deterioration, with some scientists predicting that it will be completely gone in about 30 years. So severe is the rapid deterioration that the captain's bath, once a favorite image of enthusiasts, is now gone. This can be attributed to several factors, namely corrosion, strong ocean currents, and iron-eating bacteria that are slowly reclaiming the ship. In addition, the massive ship's weight is becoming its own enemy as it grows weaker.
There's no word on when the documentary will be out, but when it is, it will surely be stunning to see.