Latest Reefs Stories

2007-02-17 00:00:00

By BRIAN SKOLOFF FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A mile offshore from this city's high-rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor - a white-walled, steel-belted monument to good intentions gone awry. The tires were unloaded there in 1972 to create an artificial reef that could attract a rich variety of marine life, and to free up space in clogged landfills. But decades later, the idea has proved a huge ecological blunder. Little sea life has...

2006-05-17 13:40:43

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Navy blasted holes in the retired aircraft carrier Oriskany off Florida's coast on Wednesday and sent the warship to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef. The 888-foot, 32,000-ton combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars took about 35 minutes to settle below the surface after crews set off 22 small explosive charges in her hull, Navy spokeswoman Pat Dolan said. The rusting ship, decommissioned in...

2005-04-07 15:42:14

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Silence is not golden for young fish who prefer to call home a reef situated in a noisy locale. Between shrimp clacking their claws, the grinding of teeth and other fishy sounds, reefs can be noisy places, and juvenile fish returning from the open ocean gravitate to the din, according to a study published in Friday's issue of the journal Science. After hatching on a reef, many fish drift out to sea where they mature and, once they become strong swimmers, return to reefs...

2005-04-06 07:24:57

RAJA ISLAND, Thailand, (AFP) -- Every day for weeks, American John Walch has made quirky cement balls he is convinced will sprout to life once when they are dumped this month into Thailand's coastal waters. The project is not pollution, it's a form of environmental protection, rehabilitation and, ultimately preservation of part of Thailand's spectacular natural heritage that was bruised in the December 26 tsunami. Thailand's lush marine paradise lures millions of tourists annually with its...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'