31 May '18, 5pm

65 reef balls deployed to honor 65 sunken US subs

65 reef balls deployed to honor 65 sunken US subs

This undersea memorial will honor all the American subs and their crews lost since 1900, while creating new habitat for marine life. Since 1900, 65 U.S. submarines have gone on "eternal patrol," sinking into the inky depths and taking more than 4,000 officers and crew with them. Now, they are getting a unique undersea memorial: One giant reef ball per submarine, complete with dedication plaques honoring each vessel. The memorial is being planned by Eternal Reefs , an organization that incorporates cremains into a proprietary concrete mixture which is then used to cast artificial reef formations. These permanent memorials bolster natural coastal reef formations. Since 1998, the group has placed some 2,000 Memorial Reefs in 25 locations off the eastern and southern coasts, substantially boosting the ocean’s diminishing reef systems. © Brian Dombrowski/EternalReefs.com To do ...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/65-reef-bal...

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