NANJEMOY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Mallows Bay in Charles County, Md. is well known as the nation's largest collection of historic shipwrecks. But time and nature could turn the bay into a National Marine Sanctuary.
They're not much to see on first glance, but the tiny islands that dot the bay are the remnants of decades-old shipwrecks.
"Those swampy islands are shipwrecks in the process of de-evolution," Don Shomette, a marine archeologist said.
The ships were built to transport war supplies to Europe during World War I, but were abandoned here in the 1920's.
"It is an environment which is evolving. it is a living laboratory of nature and humankind interacting in a way that we really don't know a lot about," Shomette said.
And this living laboratory is set to become the nation's 15th National Marine Sanctuary.