WELLFLEET (CBS) – The skeletal remains of at least six pirates were discovered at the site of a shipwreck that happened off Wellfleet in 1717.
An investigative team from the Whydah Pirate Museum announced the discovery on Wednesday.READ MORE: Spring Is Here: Near Record Warm Temps This Week, More Day Light Coming
Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy was the captain of The Whydah.
The skeletons were identified in several large concretions, the museum said. The remains will now be examined by underwater explorer Barry Clifford, a team of archeologists, and other experts.READ MORE: CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People May Meet Without Masks Or Social Distancing
“We hope that modern, cutting-edge technology will help us identify these pirates and reunite them with any descendants who could be out there,” Clifford said.
The team has previously obtained Bellamy’s DNA through a relative in England. It is being tested against a human bone found in the wreck.MORE NEWS: These Are The Most Popular Dog Names In Boston, According To Licensing Data
“That bone was identified as a human male with general ties to the Eastern Mediterranean area,” said Sherman. “These newly found skeletal remains may finally lead us to Bellamy as we now have his DNA.”