- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - The former ZooQuarium in West Yarmouth, once home to harbor seals, wrestling bears and albino alligators, may soon house the booty from a 300-year-old pirate ship.

Underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984 discovered the ship Whydah, which sank off the coast of Wellfleet in 1717. It was buried in several feet of sand and ocean debris.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1Of4Yyp ) reported Saturday that Clifford signed an offer to purchase the 12,000-square foot ZooQuarium building on Route 28. It has been vacant since 2013.

Clifford said he is trying to keep items collected from the shipwreck as part of a permanent collection on Cape Cod. The numerous artifacts include cannons, pistols, wooden pulleys and jewelry.

Clifford also hopes to house a 30-foot-high scale replica of the pirate ship.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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