Artificial Reefs: You’ll Be Amazed What We Are Dumping In Our Oceans – All In The Name Of Conservation

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.

[More Information: Artificial Reef; NOAA ]

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!


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U.S. military missile-tracking Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg passes the historic Custom House in Key West 

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Before being sunk…

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The reef begin…

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The Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was towed 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida 

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Sinking slowly to the bottom….

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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.


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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

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Heading to their final resting place in the Gulf of ThailandArtificial Reefs 6

Tank of the Jordanian government sunk into the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea 


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40 retired New York City subway cars were sunk in an area known as the “Bass Grounds” to form a reef for marine habitat.

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A worker steam-cleans the interior of a decommissioned New York City “Redbird” subway car before heading out to Cape May, New Jersey.

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Former Bulgarian dictator Todor Zhivkov’s plane sunk in the Black Sea near Varna

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US Navy’s A-6 Intruder aircraft head out for a burial at sea, near St. Augustine, Florida

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