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VIDEO: New 'haunting' footage from Titanic wreck released 

The video was captured in 1986 when WHOI returned to the site and led a three-person team on a submersible named Alvin to explore the ship’s wreckage 12,500 feet under the ocean’s surface

February 16, 2023 5:17am

Updated: February 16, 2023 9:59am

New, never-before-seen “haunting” footage of the Titanic’s shipwreck was released by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on Wednesday. 

According to WHOI, most of the over-hour-long footage has never been seen by the general public. 

The wreck, located at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 km) and about 370 miles (595 km) off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, was initially found by Dr. Robert Ballard from WHOI in 1985. 

The video was captured in 1986 when WHOI returned to the site and led a three-person team on a submersible named Alvin to explore the ship’s wreckage 12,500 feet under the ocean’s surface. 

A second remotely operated vessel, named Jason Jr., was able to explore the interior of the ship, capturing some of the footage that was released. It explored the officers' cabins and the promenade. 

"Like many, I was transfixed when Alvin and Jason Jr. ventured down to and inside the wreck," James Cameron, who directed the blockbuster film “Titanic,” said in a statement on Wednesday. 

"By releasing this footage, WHOI is helping tell an important part of a story that spans generations and circles the globe," he added.

More than 1,500 individuals died after the ship struck an iceberg and sank on its first voyage from Southampton, England to New York City on April 14, 1912.