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Researchers Discover Shipwreck Near Santa Cruz Coast

MOSS LANDING (CBS SF/AP) -- Scientists exploring the edge of the Monterey Canyon have found a shipwreck on the seafloor off the coast of Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the vessel appeared first on sonar images from research on the San Gregorio Fault.

A research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey was struck by some sharper angles captured in the images and after taking a closer look spotted the barge.

Video images of the vessel captured by an unpiloted submarine sent to the seafloor show the ship is the Umpqua II.

The Umpqua II was a barge from Reedsport, Oregon, that grounded outside Moss Landing in 1982. It sunk more than 1 mile beneath the surface of the ocean, 12 miles southwest of Santa Cruz.

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