This previous April an enormous eighty-foot metal kraken was purposefully sunk into the Caribbean Sea on prime of a adorned WW2 ship. The previous Navy gasoline barge and its monstrous passenger have been positioned underwater in an effort to jumpstart a brand new coral ecosystem, whereas additionally serving as a chopping-edge schooling middle for marine researchers and native college students from the encompassing British Virgin Islands. The challenge is titled the BVI Artwork Reef, and goals to make use of sculptures just like the porous kraken as a base to develop transplanted coral.
The Kodiak Queen, previously a Navy gasoline barge named the YO-forty four, was found by British photographer Owen Buggy roughly two and a half years in the past on the island of Tortola. As an alternative of letting the historic vessel get picked aside for scrap metallic, Buggy approached former boss Sir Richard Branson about collaborating on a restorative artwork set up. Along with nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean schooling nonprofit Beneath the Waves, the venture was established as each an eco-pleasant artwork set up, and a philanthropic measure to rehabilitate native marine species.