Synopsis by Ed Atkinson
For nearly 400 years, the Spanish treasure galleon Nuesta de Atocha lay hidden on the ocean floor, just off the Florida coast. Since the ship's sinking in 1622, hundreds of treasure hunters had tried to locate and retrieve the tons of gold and emeralds held in the galley. The ship lay untouched till famed treasure hunter and ocean adventurer Mel Fisher concluded his sixteen year quest and found the wreckage. National Geographic: Atocha- A Treasure Quest documents not only the discovery of the Atocha by Fisher, but also explores the ship's long history and the many attempts by other treasures hunters to haul away its gold.