HUMAN skeletons have been discovered on a 1717 pirate shipwreck just off the coast of Cape Cod in the US.
Archaeologists think they’ve found the remains of at least six people on the doomed boat and hope one of them could be the infamous and wealthy pirate ‘Black Sam’.
The skeletal remains were found amongst treasure and sentiments on the sea floorCredit: whydah pirate museum
The bones have fused into large hard masses of minerals after all this time, making them a bit tricky to identity.
The rocky slabs were taken from the seabed and x-rays have helped to show the human bones inside.
Treasure and weapons have also been found at the watery grave.
According to The Boston Globe, the pirate ship was called Whydah and sank near the town of Wellfleet in 1717.
X-rays of rocky slabs taken from the seabed revealed human bonesCredit: whydah pirate museum
The x-rays also showed treasure within the sediment slabsCredit: whydah pirate museum
Investigators will have to carefully remove the bone piecesCredit: whydah pirate museum
The Whydah is said to have been a former slave ship that was stolen by the pirates.
It sank during a violent storm and only two of the 146 crew members survived.
The newly found skeletons are being examined by a team of experts led by underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford.
Lots of treasure has been found at the shipwreck site since its discovery in 1984Credit: AP:Associated Press
This silver coin was found on the pirate ship in 2016Credit: AP:Associated Press
He actually found the shipwreck back in 1984.
Clifford said in a statement: “We hope that modern, cutting-edge technology will help us identify these pirates and reunite them with any descendants who could be out there.”
A model of the ship before it sank is on display at the Whydah Pirate MuseumCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Experts are hoping the skeletal analysis will help them find Whydah’s captain who was the infamous Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.
He is known as the most successful and wealthy pirate in recorded history.
Black Sam was born in England and joined the British Navy before turning to a life of pirate crime.
Captain Black Sam is depicted here in red
This is the bell from the Whydah shipCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He is said to have captured over 53 ships and amassed $142.5million (£103million) worth of loot.
Black Sam is thought to have been onboard the Whydah when it sank but was one of 40 crew members that were never found or identified.
Around 200,000 artefacts have been discovered at the shipwreck site, including gold coins, but most of the treasure remains on the seafloor.
The best treasure of all would be finding Captain Black Sam himself.
Researchers are hoping DNA from some of the bones could match that of Black Sam as they have a sample from a bloodline descendent to compare it to.
That descendant was traced back to England in 2018.
Investigators at the Whydah Pirate Museum have released images of the solid masses that contain the suspected pirate bones.
They’ll also be on display at the museum.
Who was Captain Black Sam?
Here’s some facts about the infamous pirate…
Black Sam was born in Devonshire in England in 1689
As a teenager, he joined the British Navy but soon began pirating in the West Indies
He is known for being one of the members of the Flying Gang pirates and is said to have launched the pirating career of ‘Blackbeard’
According to Forbes, he was the top earning pirate of all time and made the equivalent of $142.5million from stolen loot
He also seized over 53 ships from his victims
He was said to have expensive taste and dressed well with his black hair kept back in a ponytail
Black Sam had a wife and a child back in England but became very popular with women overseas
Despite carrying four duelling pistols, it wasn’t combat that led to his demise
He was said to be onboard the 300 tonne Whydah ship when it got caught in a violent storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717
Only two men survived and Black Sam was never seen again
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