I’ve been pondering loads about shipwrecks lately and have revisited some pictures from a tip to the Maldives a 12 months or so again. I remembered how uncommon shipwrecks are in that area, compared to a number of the busier waterways of the world, which is sort of a disgrace in a approach, because the Maldivian ecosystems appear able to creating some actually wonderful synthetic reefs on the scaffolding a shipwreck provides.
These pictures come from a shipwreck recognized domestically on the Lhaviyani Atoll as Skipjack 1 and Skipjack 2. They’re truly two tuna fishing boats that have been sunk intentionally, one nearly on high of the opposite. As soon as discarded, the wonderful Maldivian ecosystem did the remaining and the superstructure grew to become smothered in exhausting corals and sponges.
As you possibly can see the Anthias are doing nicely right here, they’re actually having fun with the robust currents that make this fairly a difficult dive. You’ve additionally bought to watch out to keep away from dropping under thirty meters. Diving under that restrict is banned within the Maldives and if you happen to get into bother your insurance coverage might be voided. Of all of the corals on this wreck, for me the Tubastraea was probably the most enticing, rising in enormous sprays, exhibiting simply how a lot meals was out there for the polyps. I’ve solely simply observed the 2 Hawkfish on this picture. They appear to be Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus, however I may very well be unsuitable. The highest one may very well be the rarer C. aprinus. I plan to share a number of extra wrecks, so you possibly can see how they fluctuate between totally different seas and oceans.