Aren’t they mixing his Black Sea and Mediterranean work?
The scenario is similar, but the time frame is very different.
7,000 years vs. 12,000
Putting “Noah” in the headline is just the headline writer doing his job.
I have not seen Ballard using the name.
He is looking for a pre-Flood civilization on the bottom.
The Ark, floating on the flood water, would not be at the bottom but at some surface point.
Note his quote. He sidesteps it the question well.
[quote]Ballard does not think he will ever find Noah's Ark, but he does think he may find evidence of a people whose entire world was washed away about 7,000 years ago. He and his team said they plan to return to Turkey next summer.
"It's foolish to think you will ever find a ship," Ballard said, referring to the Ark. "But can you find people who were living? Can you find their villages that are underwater now? And the answer is yes." [/quote]
All in all it is a sloppy writing job.