In the new photos of the Titanic wreck, researchers have discovered a necklace. It had disappeared for over 100 years. Who did it belong to? Artificial intelligence is supposed to solve the mystery.
London – In mid-May, the BBC published new footage of the sunken Titanic ship for the first time. Researchers and companies had scanned the ship in 200-hour dives and created a 3D model. The new recordings of the Titanic were already a sensation. But as we all know, there are still a few more secrets to be found at the bottom of the sea – secrets that have remained hidden for more than 100 years.
New footage of the Titanic wreck: Researchers find necklace – like in the movie
During the recordings, the cameras of the submarines discovered gold jewelry and, above all, a gold chain, reports the British broadcaster BBC. The gold is dirty, the outlines almost seem to merge with the bottom of the ship. But the pendant of the necklace is quite recognizable: the tooth of a megalodon, a prehistoric shark. The discovery was "breathtaking," said Richard Parkinson, of the deep-sea mapping company Magellan.
In the new 3D images of the Titanic wreck, Magellan has discovered this golden necklace with a shark pendant. They are currently looking for the former owner. © IMAGO
Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, also wears a magnificent necklace in the movie "Titanic". The "Heart of the Ocean" is a gift from her fiancé. Rose wears the necklace, for example, when Jack draws it. At the end of the film, as an old woman, she throws the blue, heart-shaped diamond pendant into the sea. What inspired the film's creators to create the shape of the necklace is still hotly debated, Screenrant reports. How close is this narrative to reality? Who owned the necklace and was it also a gift? That's what Magellan's employees are currently trying to find out. There are still no limits to the imagination. But soon there could be more concrete answers.
Necklace discovered on Titanic wreck: researchers try to find owners of the necklace
In order to find the owner of the chain, Magellan's staff began contacting family members of the 2200 passengers who were on board when the Titanic sank. Artificial intelligence is used to support this. In addition, the researchers are analysing old footage of the passengers they show as they board the ship. They hope to find the necklace in this way.
In the movie "Titanic", Rose DeWitt Bukater wears a necklace with a blue diamond. It was a gift from her fiancé. © Mary Evans/Imago
However, the gold chain found will have to remain at the bottom of the sea. An agreement between the U.S. and Great Britain prohibits the company from bringing to the surface finds of the Titanic, of which new footage keeps appearing. This also applies to the other objects that Magellan discovered in the photographs: statues, unopened champagne bottles and dozens of shoes. And who knows: Maybe there are still one or two other secrets hidden in the recordings. One mystery of the film, at least, has already been investigated. Director James Cameron personally asked himself whether Jack would have fit on the door in the "Titanic" final scene of the film. (chd)