MANTEO, N.C. (WVEC) -- Penn State University students got a chance to apply real-world diving skills to a replica shipwreck on Roanoke Island.

The students, part of Penn State's Scientific Diving Course, dived down to the 1/3 scale replica of the USS Monitor shipwreck at the aquarium's Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit.

The exercise helped them practice survey and measurement techniques, which are skills that are crucial in mapping real-life underwater archeological sites.

“We need that ability, to come here and do the work, then come up and talk about what we did right and wrong,” said Cassandra Peters, a student.

The students dove in the 285,000 gallon tank surrounded by the tank's regular inhabitants like sheepshead, black drum, tarpon, sandbar sharks and sand tiger sharks.