06-11-2017 by Leni Frau
There is something interesting under the Indian Ocean off Malindi.
This is the sensation of one of the most important Italian marine archaeologists, Professor Sebastiano Tusa, who with his Kenyan colleague Caesar Bita and his team composed of sonar expert Fabio Di Iorio and researcher Claudio Di Franco, have been probing the seabed off Ngomeni every day for a few days, in an open sea area not far from the San Marco base.
Saturday's day was spent localizing the possible wreckage of a Portuguese vessel with a patient computerized scanning work which, despite the turbid waters of these days due to the rains and currents that carry the muddy debris of the Sabaki River, can be glimpsed from the on-board screens.
On Sunday, ocean conditions allowed diving to try to understand what can be hidden along those coordinates.
"There is certainly some wood, under the layers of sand and earth at the bottom of the ocean - explains Tusa - we will have to dig and something will come to light, hopefully what we expect to discover".
The pleasant discovery has encouraged Italian and Kenyan archaeologists to scan and dive again, until they find other interesting seabed avalanches that could reveal other remains of vessels of the past.
"We have identified another area that until now was unknown - admitted Bita - we will come back there in the next few days because it is possible that there is something interesting".
This collaboration could open up new scenarios for underwater research in Kenya, which could encourage the Government to invest in this relatively new field for the African country, making use of Italian experts, who are known to be among the best in the world.
It is a great day for Kenyan marine archaeology.
In Malindi, three experts from Italian seabed arrived at Malindi: Sebastiano Tusa, the Superintendent of the Sea of Sicily, and his two collaborators Claudio Di Franco and Fabio Di Iorio.
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