Visit a Sunken Destroyer and Its Many Marine Inhabitants

Citizen science puts on its scuba gear with Ocean Sanctuaries’ project documenting change on an artificial reef.

Image: By Abby Tabor | Science Writer at NASA's Ames Research Center

What does a warship look like 15 years after it’s sunk to the ocean floor? Full of life, and Ocean Sanctuaries’ citizen scientist divers are working to document this new and ever-changing environment. KPBS News produced this great video about the Yukon and the recreational divers surveying the marine species it shelters. The report shows a world of many surprises, including what can only be described, in diver Mike Bear’s words, as a photobomb by a rare, luminous sea salp chain…

What does a warship look like 15 years after it’s sunk to the ocean floor? Full of life, and Ocean Sanctuaries’ citizen scientist divers are working to document this new and ever-changing environment.

In 2000, a Canadian destroyer called the Yukon was cleaned and sunk off the San Diego coast to serve as an artificial reef. Barbara Lloyd of Ocean Sanctuaries describes the “riots of color” that have arrived with time, as many different life forms have taken up residence on the ship’s surfaces.

KPBS News produced this great video about the Yukon and the recreational divers surveying the marine species it shelters. The report shows a world of many surprises, including what can only be described, in diver Mike Bear’s words, as a photobomb by a rare, luminous sea salp chain…

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