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Robot Finds $17 Billion Worth Of Treasure Trapped Inside Shipwreck

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A robot found $17 billion worth of treasure trapped inside a shipwrecked boat off the coast of Colombia, according to the Tech Times Wednesday.

The Remus 6000, an underwater technological device, found a great fortune of treasure buried on the Spanish ship known as San Jose, Tech Times reported. A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) led project found the monumental discovery on Nov. 27, 2015. However, the international team of researchers kept the discovery mum for three years out of respect for Colombia’s governmental officials, according to WHOI’s Vice President for Marine Facilities and Operations Rob Munier.

“During that November expedition, we got the first indications of the find from side scan sonar images of the wreck,” the expedition leader Mike Purcell said. “The wreck was partially sediment-covered, but with the camera images from the lower altitude missions, we were able to see new details in the wreckage and the resolution was good enough to make out the decorative carving on the cannons.” (RELATED: Polish Man Claims He Was Lost At Sea For Seven Months With Pet Cat)

The San Jose originally set sail in 1698, however, it capsuled in 1708 following a war with a British ship near present-day Colombia. This discovery, which is referred to as the “holy grail of shipwrecks,” has a value between $1 to $17 billion worth of treasures due to ample amounts of gold, silver, and emeralds that were mined from Peru, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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