Seen from those unique images, the 114,500-ton ship appears as she is hanging in the blue sea without any support.
As it inspected the points of support in the bow, the robot camera revealed deep gashes in the hull. The rock on which the ship sits among bright red starfish, features a small crack, while the hull appear to be have already deformed. The deformation would be a consequence of the gravitational force to which the ship is subjected in that unnatural position.
Near the stern, a deep crackon the rock supporting the ship, is clearly visible.
According to the local daily Il Tirreno, features in the 8 inch wide fracture would reveal that it did not occur as the ship capsized, but it was produced recently under the ship's weight.
"The engineers are wise to imagine the things that can go wrong, so that they can prevent them from happening. In order to prevent the ship from breaking in two between the two supports, it may be necessary to remove some weight from her middle," Chris McKesson, professor of naval architecture at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of New Orleans, told Discovery News.