Vandenberg to Become 2nd Largest Intentional Reef
The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a massive World War II ship last used by the U.S. Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft, will be sunk today off the coast of Key West becoming one of the largest man-made reefs in existence. Officials expect that divers will flock to the Keys to get a look at the new underwater spectacle. But, the idea behind the sinking is to not only to attract tourists, but to help protect the Keys’ natural reefs. The Keys’ natural reefs already suffer from excessive diving, snorkeling and fishing in addition to the harms occurring due to warming ocean temperatures. Both human and sea life should be attracted to the new reef giving natural reefs in the area a much needed break. For more information, see here.