One year after the ship was intentionally sunk of the coast of Key West, FL, the USS Vandenberg is well on its way to becoming a flourishing artificial reef.
Online PR News – 15-June-2010 – – The USS Vandenberg, a 528 foot vessel that once served in World War II is now home to thousands of fish and coral. The white metal structures on top of the ship are no longer stark white because they are covered in growth that will continue to grow over the years, becoming a vibrant mini ecosystem full of marine life. The sink date was the last week of May 2009, one year ago, and everyone agrees that the USS Vandenberg artificial reef has so far been a very successful enterprise for all involved.
Aside from the startling numbers of barracudas which seem to be permanently schooled on the wreck, divers have spotted schools of sardines that seem to have taken up residence. It's a good place to see big jacks too, like yellow jacks which are good sport fish. In fact, divers will notice that the sardines are shadowed by cero mackerel and amberjacks.
Since the sinking of the Vandenberg, a whole new chapter has opened up for those who visit to do some Key West scuba diving. Local dive shops features trips to the Vandenberg first and foremost, so everyone who visits can experience this incredible attraction. Everyone feels fortunate to have this treasure just around six miles from Key West. What used to carry troops during the Second World War, is now the second largest artificial reef in the world, and it's just a few miles offshore of Key West FL.
"We were so excited when we learned the Vandenberg project was really going to happen" says Dave Moritz, owner of a small local dive shop in Key West. "Now that the reef is a year old we can really see lots of new life all the time and it's very exciting". Mr. Moritz has been diving since the 1980's and considers the Vandenberg artificial reef to be one of the most fascinating dives he's done. That's because divers who regularly dive the wreck will be able to witness change and growth of a totally new reef. "I've watched the Vandenberg become a totally rich area for marine life, and that's starting from zip the day it was sunk" he explains. "Fish appeared almost immediately, especially the barracuda at first" continued Mr. Moritz, who dives the Vandenberg at least one a week year round.
Those planning some Key West Diving should also know that the oil has not reached Key West. The water is clear, the reef is alive, and fish are thriving on both the Atlantic and the Gulf sides. Check the news on Key West, the Vandenberg, and planning a vacation at http://www.kwflausa.com. The water is warm and clear and everyone is open for business in the Southernmost City. Fishing, diving, parasailing, jet ski rentals, sunset cruises, kayaking, and lazing about on the oil-free beach are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy in Key West.