Shipwreck: Watch live as divers explore sunken WWII air carrier

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SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- Researchers are exploring a sunken vessel today off the coast of California that may hold clues about a WWII era ship.

Nautilus Live was providing a livestream of the USS Independence, a sunken aircraft carrier that is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and about 30 miles away from Northern California.

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For the past several days, the Nautilus crew has been exploring the Farralones Marine Sanctuary just off the San Francisco Bay Area coast.

"Its mission is to go where no one has gone before on planet Earth," says Robert Ballard, who heads Nautilus and is the legendary ocean explorer who found the Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck.

He says this is a modern day version of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which he calls the "Lois and Clark Expedition" over half the crew is female. "We're literally going to a place no one has ever been. We're going to deep water," Ballard said.