Tim Wolak went fishing with his daughter Henley in August. They did so near their home in Wisconsin in the northeastern United States.
In the Green Bay area, where they were sailing in their boat, Wolak saw what looked like a shipwreck on a radar image. He pulled out the map, but there was nothing about a possible shipwreck. He says that because the area was so well mapped, he assumed it would “be nothing.” Washington Post.
His daughter also saw the photo underwater and thought she saw tentacles. “That looks like an octopus,” she said. Sure enough, he took pictures of the photo on his so-called fish finder and saved the location. He continued to wonder what he saw at the bottom of the lake, and shared the photos in a local Facebook group this fall.
Scientists quickly responded to his images: they also saw a shipwreck. The ship was likely the George L. Newman, a three-masted ship over 37 meters long, sank during a forest fire in Peshtigo.
The fire of 1871 was the deadliest ever in the United States, killing an estimated 2,500 people. The 5-year-old girl told the American newspaper that she hopes to make more discoveries.
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