One of the world's most renowned shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Antarctica - more than a century after it first disappeared.
Despite numerous search attempts, Ernest Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ was considered lost after being crushed by pack ice in 1915.
But a recent expedition to the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, has located the vessel at a depth of three kilometres beneath the ocean surface.
"We are overwhelmed by our good fortune in having located and captured images of Endurance," says Mensun Bound, the expedition's director of exploration.
It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation.
Shackleton himself described the site of the sink as "the worst portion of the worst sea in the world".
Under international law, the wreck is now protected as a historic site - meaning no artefacts can be returned to the surface. »