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These photos were submerged under Lake Superior for 11 years

The owner of the digital camera was finally tracked down – in Idaho.
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This is what a photograph looks like after being submerged in Lake Superior for 11 years.

Pretty good condition, right? That's because they were taken from an old digital camera that was found last month by Two Harbors photographer Christian Dalbec.

Dalbec pulled the camera, which was still in its case, from the lake floor in the Apostle Islands Mainland Sea Caves. And even though the camera had long-since died, he managed to pull three photos from one of its SD cards.

Dated July 2, 2006, they showed a group of people standing on a land bridge above the caves.

Dalbec took to Facebook to try and track down the original owner.

The appeal was picked up by the Duluth News Tribune and just a day after it published a story, someone recognized one of the people in the pictures.

The newspaper reported this weekend that the camera was traced to Patrick Warner, of Idaho, who was one of four people conducting research for the Student Conservation Association's Veterans Fire Corps in 2006.

They were taking a photo above the cliff and didn't do the "precautionary wrist through the camera loop," the newspaper notes, with Warker saying: “I’ll never forget watching my camera slowly sink into the lake."

Given its gigantic size, there's doubtless myriad items that have gotten lost in Lake Superior, though the most notable ones tend to be somewhat larger in scale.

Just last year, divers found the remarkably well-preserved remains of the shipwrecked Antelope near the Apostle Islands.

And on the Michigan side, the wreck of a locomotive that crashed in 1910 was discovered in 2014.

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