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Deepsea robots take new snaps of Titanic wreck

An expedition surveying what remains of the Titanic is showing off some crisp images of the world's most famous shipwreck, but officials said they were heading back to shore.

Officials from Expedition Titanic said in a statement they were heading back to Newfoundland because high seas and winds brought on by hurricane Danielle were preventing researchers from carrying out their work.

The scientists were using a pair of robots to take thousands of photographs and hours of video of the wreck, which lies roughly 2.5 miles below the surface.

The hi-resolution images include shots of the ship's bow, clearly showing the railing and anchors.

More than 1,500 passengers and crew perished on the ship's maiden voyage in 1912, after the ship struck an iceberg and sank.

Scientist are using imaging technology and sonar devices that were never used before on the Titanic wreck. They are probing nearly a century of sediment in the debris field to seek a full inventory of the ship's artefacts.

Expedition officials said they intend to return to finish their work after a delay of a few days.

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