The Battle of the Atlantic expedition has come to a close. The expedition team was able to try new approaches and systems integrations while dodging tropical depressions and hurricanes to yield significant results that will contribute to our overall understanding of history and to protect these unique sites. During an Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition dive to explore habitats within Hatteras Canyon, the Sentry autonomous underwater vehicle collected more than 28,000 images ranging from soft substrates, vertical walls, and possible debris fields, as well as a variety of fishes, crustaceans, and coral assemblages. Meet Will Hefner, a multibeam data processor who participated on the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. Off the coast of North Carolina, thousands of shipwrecks create reefs for fishes. During the Battle of the Atlantic expedition, scientists used a novel approach to learning more about how and why these wrecks attrack fish, simultaneously gathering archaeological and biological information.
On Aug. 24, after a seven-year search, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) got the first look at U-576 since the sub went down in a wild battle off North Carolina’s Outer Banks on July 15, 1942.

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NOAA gets a first look at German U-576 since the sub went down in World War II battle off North Carolina on July 15, 1942.

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