In a recent article we discussed the work of Jason de Caires Taylor, who creates underwater sculptures that also act as structures upon which corals can attach and grow.
See: Underwater Sculpture
But artificial reefs are also created by governments and organisations around the world using hardware that is surplus to requirements or passed it’s ‘sell-buy’ date.
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Take a look at the photographs below of some of the projects from around the world. You’ll be amazed what we are dumping in our oceans in the name of conservation!
U.S. military missile-tracking Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg passes the historic Custom House in Key West
Before being sunk…
The reef begin…
The Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was towed 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida
Sinking slowly to the bottom….
HMNZS Wellington, a frigate of the Royal New Zealand Navy, was scuttled off the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand.
Ex-Royal Navy frigate, The Scylla, is sunk amidst explosions off Whitsands Bay, Cornwall, England.
25 retired tanks from the Thai military are loaded on a ship at Bangkok port, Thailand, before being dumped into the Gulf of Thailand to serve as artificial reefs
Heading to their final resting place in the Gulf of Thailand
Tank of the Jordanian government sunk into the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea
40 retired New York City subway cars were sunk in an area known as the “Bass Grounds” to form a reef for marine habitat.
A worker steam-cleans the interior of a decommissioned New York City “Redbird” subway car before heading out to Cape May, New Jersey.
Former Bulgarian dictator Todor Zhivkov’s plane sunk in the Black Sea near Varna
US Navy’s A-6 Intruder aircraft head out for a burial at sea, near St. Augustine, Florida
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