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A research team just off the coast of Colombia is awaiting confirmation of a monumental discovery. And as the images finally come back from a camera nearly 2,000 feet below the surface of the Caribbean sea, they know they’ve found something special. Yes, the “Holy Grail” of sunken treasure ships lies beneath them – one that has’t been seen for 300 years. Welcome to the final resting place of San José.

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A few months earlier, the same team – consisting of experts from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Maritime Archaeology Consultants – had examined the area and come up empty-handed. Searching for centuries-old shipwrecks isn’t easy, after all. And despite all of the scientists’ hi-tech equipment, on this occasion the ocean had refused to give up its secrets.

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