posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 10:55 AM
as a diver, I have to say I agree with you here 100%! Whilst the creation of an artificial reef is in a way to be applauded as it will provide a new
safe haven for marine life, I have serious doubts about the wisdom of not recycling the vast quantity of material that constitutes the Oriskany. It
would be better NOT to destroy reefs in the first place and then artificial ones would not be needed! Again, as a diver, I would prefer EVERY time to
dive a real reef rather than an artificial one.
Wrecks are a fact of life - since man first ventured onto the water in his fragile craft, some have foundered. How much better is it to dive on say, a
17th century galleon that came to grief naturally, and as such is a part of history, than a 20th century warship deliberately sunk, that is, somehow,
artificial? Crazy I know as there are already zillions of wrecks down there already, but that's how I feel about it.
If as much energy was spent trying to reduce the amount of damage that we cause to the ocean bottom by bottom trawling, cyanide and dynamite fishing
in Asia, shark finning and other despicable practices then the ocean and it's inhabitants would be better off.
It's about time we took our job as stewards of the earth a bit more seriously and helped improve the environment of this, our wonderful blue planet.
Sink the Oriskany - don't do it!
Good thread Sri Oracle