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Hi,

I'm interested in filming wrecks in 200' or less that have spectacular & colorful marine life growing on them or around them. Also wrecks that attract big animals, large schools of fish & the like... Warm or cold water. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

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I hear there are a couple of wrecks in a lagoon in Chuuk, you might know by it's common name Truk Lagoon.

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Yongala in northern australia. unbelievable. saw a 10' guitarfish. did a 7 day livaboard to the barrier reef & coral sea and spent nearly 2 full days diving it. that's how good it is. covered in bright soft corals & baitfish. huge groupers, bull rays, sharks, sea snakes etc.....

 

also many great wrecks here in bermuda. one though, the Argus Tower about 25 miles offshore on a seamount reaching to 200' (top of tower at 100') has big life, schools of jacks & baracuda, large angelfish & lobsters etc and the potential to see wahoo, dusky & tiger sharks and possibly a manta or whaleshark. also humpbacks cruise round there in teh spring. its a big lattice of legs, like a toppled oil rig, a very unique wreck for sure. cheers,

 

chris

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I really liked the Salem Express in the southern Red Sea...

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The HMS Repulse in the South China Sea. My memory is a bit fuzzy but the depth is something like 35m at the top and 58m at the bottom. She went down in 1941 and is covered in growth and marine life. Common sightings are marble rays, turtles, snapper, grouper, and other reef fish. Last year, we saw a whale shark on her.

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Isn't the HMS Repulse on her side?

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Hi,

I'm interested in filming wrecks in 200' or less that have spectacular & colorful marine life growing on them or around them. Also wrecks that attract big animals, large schools of fish & the like... Warm or cold water. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

 

I wouldn't say I especially am a wreck afficionado, and that's an understatement, I often feel wreck diving is lacking fish or coral life, although I had the chance to dive a hugely impressive wreck this summer : the SS Pres.Coolidge in Vanuatu (200m long cruiseliner), not so much fish action around but large gorgonians in the huge leaks of the hull and pretty corals at the bottom of the bow (35m). Stern was too deep though (70m).

 

Otherwise, for fish and coral life, I concur with Liberty wreck in Tulamben/Bali which is probably the most colorful wreck I ever dived, I don't know of any other wreck which could challenge the Liberty, fauna wise.

 

cheers

Luko

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Bell Island, Newfoundland offers four WWII ore carriers each about 450' long, with the deepest one in about 150' of water. Lots of artifacts left (Marconi room with intact gauges, munitions, torpedo dud, the sailors' personal effects, etc.), soft corals, fish, jellies. There are also belugas and Minke whales, although they're not on the wrecks.

 

This is North Atlantic diving, with temps at depth in the 30-32F / -2 to 0C ranges. Best time to visit is in the early summer (July-August), when you might be lucky enough to dive with and photograph ice bergs as well.

 

An accomplished photographer I know by the name of Vlada Dekina has dubbed this Chuuk Lagoon North. You can see her photos of these wrecks here: http://wrecksandreefs.com/newfound.htm

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Isn't the HMS Repulse on her side?

 

Actually it is almost 3/4 way upside down, but is still very beautiful and there is tons to see.

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I hear there are a couple of wrecks in a lagoon in Chuuk, you might know by it's common name Truk Lagoon.

 

I worked on a liveaboard out there for 6 months last year and there are, say, 20 wrecks that could be good for you. I only had a P&S at that time and now I have an SLR but no more job there unfortunately. The Fujikawa Maru would be your best bet for all that you mentioned. Max depth is 110ft/35m to the sand. The wreck is sitting upright, as are most of the wrecks there. Common marine fish are grey reef sharks, blue spotted stingrays, marble rays, bigeye trevally schools, chevron barracuda schools, tallfin batfish. Lots and lots of coral growth. The deeper wrecks in Chuuk tend to not have as much coral growth nor marine life.

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I am a crazy wreck diver , love wreck deeply, please enjoy my pictures :

 

1. Australian Yongala wreck : ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57600001186131/ ).

 

2. Malaysian Labuan wreck : ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57616240931418/ ) .

 

3.Malaysian Sabah usukan bay wreck :Dhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57618664601121/ ) .

 

4.Indonesian Bali tulamben wreck : ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57608469862981/ ) .

 

5. Lan-Yu wreck in Taiwan : ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57607935609817/ ) .

 

Happy Diving

 

Perry Kuo ( perryguo.com )

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Actually it is almost 3/4 way upside down, but is still very beautiful and there is tons to see.

 

That's the Prince of Wales. The Repulse is on her side. Both are nice wrecks but not nearly as profilic in life as the Yongala. The Yongala is unique since it's really sunk in the middle of nowhere and shallow so it became a reef ecosystem on its own. It's ridiculously rich in life.

 

Of all the 60+ year old wrecks I've dived, the Yongala is one I remember for the rich life. The easiest one to reach is still the Liberty.

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This is Malaysian Yongala wreck---Labuan cement wreck :

 

( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57616240931418/ )

 

 

This is Malaysian Sabah WWII Usukan bay wrecks :

 

( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57618664601121/ )

 

This is Malaysian Sabah WWII Usukan bay wrecks :

 

( http://www.flickr.com/photos/21146950@N00/...57618664601121/ )

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