Never-before-seen footage of the Titanic nearly 12,500 feet below the ocean released

Over a century after the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution released never-before-seen footage on Wednesday of what was at one point the largest ship in the world. 

The haunting video was captured in 1986, when the WHOI made 11 dives nearly 12,500 feet below the ocean’s surface to explore the wreckage. 

Alvin, a three-person submersible, was used to take humans down to the wreck for the first time, while a remotely operated vehicle dubbed Jason Jr. was used to go inside the sunken ship. 

“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, and has explored oceans himself, 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.”

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.