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I think we are underestimating what a fantastic machine the human body is. It can endure a lot. What about those poor students on that Japanese trawler that was broken in two by the sub? They were able to recover the bodies long long after the accident. And they were not bones either but actual corpses. And that was in deep water too. I know of many times where bodies have been recovered from the sea and were still reconizable. But to be fair Humans decompose at differing rates. I have seen photographs of some of Titanic's dead and the particular photos showed a body in what I thought was a pretty good shape. He was missing an eye and part of his face had a slight leatherly appearence to it but overall his was in fair condition.
Just to clearify a point, that trawler was not cut in half. She was fatally holed when the USS Greenville surfaced beneath her, but the hull was not broken in two. As to the bodies being actual bodies rather then bones, do you by chance have a source which supports that? It's not unknown to publicly refer to skeletal remains...identifiable only by personal bodies.

Not trying to put you one the spot here, but I'm a bit curious.
Be careful about what you see on the History Channel. Some of the stuff they present is quite good. Some of it is just plain crud. Whenever they make some sort of claim, it would be wise to check it out with firsthand sources.

Granted, they may be right, but befor taking anything at face value, better check things out.
>>But you have to admit that human bodies can take a lot of punishment.<<

Perhaps, but they can't stop time or hungry critters looking for a meal, or decomposition. Cold temperatures can slow decomposition, but that can only go so far. Eventually, the ocean and it's hungry inhabitants have the last laugh.
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