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Destination Reefs: USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben, Bali Indonesia

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 27, 2012 08:00 AM
The United States celebrates Memorial Day tomorrow - a day to remember the fallen. There isn't a more fitting destination this week than the wreck of WWII naval ship Liberty. Her story doesn't end in devastation; Living coral gardens now decorate her steel haul.

The US transport ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942, beached at Bali, and finally dislodged by a volcanic eruption in 1963 when she drifted to her final underwater resting place off the coast of Tulamben (Bali, Indoensia).  It's amazing to see how many reef organisms now embrace a sunken war relic as their home.

Video by Lachie Smith.  The underwater footage begins at 1:40.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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