A rare event, indeed

It’s not often I get to talk about three of my favorite subjects in a single post: cetaceans; 19th century technology; and maritime archaeology.  But it seems an exceedingly rare Howell torpedo has been found off the coast of Coronado, California – by dolphins trained by the U.S. Navy.

Honestly, this is amazing.  There was only one of these that was known to exist, and now another has been found in the ocean… by dolphins.  It just boggles the mind.  It makes me wonder if anyone has ever tried using dolphins to deliberately search for shipwrecks.

-Geoff

Modern marine archaeology

The continual adaptation of modern technology to the discovery of shipwrecks, especially historically significant shipwrecks, is something that fascinates me.  So when I saw this story in Salon about the use of a 3-D sonar to reveal hidden features of a Civil War shipwreck off the coast of Texas, I just had to read it.   And if that sort of thing interests you, go check it out, because I am going to babble about history geek stuff for a little while and you might as well understand what I am talking about.

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