Mexican navy sinks old battleship to create an artificial reef
The long-term vision of the project is to create a sentiment in which people are going to see Mexico not just as a place to drink margaritas. Rather, Mexico wishes to create an underwater park that would serve as a focal point for diving, a new form of tourism for the region.
It would also bring tourists during off-peak months, fall through spring, when conditions are best for diving.
According to scientists, it will take at least two years for a mature underwater habitat to flourish, with kelp, strawberry anemones, octopus, lobsters, and darting schools of fish.
Since natural reefs are being damaged by overfishing, pollution, and erosion, artificial reefs like this one will help create coastal ecosystems that were once desolate ocean floors. ■