How to build a reef from scratch (28 Photos)

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Various governments have been involved in the creation of artificial reefs around the world in an effort to bolster marine wildlife and additionally to bring in divers from around the world. Various sculptors have even contributed their work over the years.

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  • Sen

    Five hundred and second !

  • greasdupdeafguy

    you know whats another good way to grow reef? Not treating the ocean like shit

    • Iran_Cyber_Army

      What about the paint, the residue and toxic lubricants (for doors in ships or hinges) that are still on those tanks, trains and all. It's still toxic.

      • Blake

        All those things are organic hydrophobic compounds and while be broken down before they will dissolve in the water

    • Derp

      This is actually a really good way to create an artificial reef

      • Kai

        I agree with both of you, but yes…not trashing our oceans, or not using our oceans as trash, is the best way to make reefs.

    • greasdupdeafguy

      I'm talking about doing things like dumping waste, trash, etc

      • Pete

        Oh, I get it, your trying to be a troll?

        • Trevor Roll


        • Terry Burke

          no they're trying to make a point. all the stuff they dumped has to certified oil and fuel free before they can be dumped. but the dumping of trash and letting an oil pipe leak in to the gulf mexico for months on end is not in any way good. you're the troll here pal

          • Pete

            Thanks chum.

    • Brad

      this way of making reefs is for areas that don't have reefs already… it's ocean warming that's killing the natural reefs in australia, etc…

  • zman

    Isn't that pollution?

    • Brother Maynard

      No, the vehicles are throughly gutted.

      • mrjimmyos

        Plus, fish love tanks

        • greasdupdeafguy

          I'll give that fish a tank, fishes love tanks!

          • Will

            "Give a fish a tank – feed him for a day. Teach a fish to use a tank – feed him for a lifetime."

            • dub

              He'll forget in 5 seconds.

              • mrjimmyos

                And fire a shell at random destroying a boat nearby

  • timetravlr

    oops #26

  • imbrovvn

    #17 Lost city of Atlantis?
    #21 Boobies!!!!

    • team oyster

      #17 Neptune Memorial Reef off the coast of key biscayne (miami), decent 45ft dive.

  • Dr. Fatwall

    It should also be 'their' instead of 'there'.

  • Brother Maynard

    Where is #7? I want to go diving there.

    • mrjimmyos

      I want to stand on it smoking a pipe as it goes down

    • IhateHipsters
      • Brother Maynard

        Thanks, 212 feet is a bit deeper than I'm rated for, damn it!

      • bud

        i watched that shiz blow up on the history channel the other day. they funded the project by gutting out all the still valuable metals

    • shaka

      Fail Navy:
      Now they have an Air Craft Carrier

    • dub


  • HG Markus

    looks like waste disposal without any hippies whining about it

  • Brad

    darn, I thought this post about about the hot Reef girls…

  • aaron

    Damnit I though it said reefer.

    • dub


  • TCB12

    Ever since I was a child, I've wanted my very own Army tank & they've just giving them to the fish for nothing? That just chaps my ass. #2

    • sparky

      I hear ya! I don't ever care if the gun works or if it even has a motor! I just wanna park it in my back yard and have another happy childhood whenever I feel like it!

  • bkfrijoles

    really cool

  • Nazz1962

    Sooo … are we really "building a reef for the environment" <wink-wink>, or are we simply disposing of our junk steel in the ocean??

    • HollarPeenYo

      The original comment does sound like it was posted by a hippie… I'm just sayin… <wink-wink>

      Since when do hippies have mustaches?

      • Tofu_Ninja

        I'm sporting an awesome handlebar at the moment….

    • Joe

      Don't try to think, its obvious you can't pull it off.

      • Nazz1962

        If you can't post something nice, why are you here?

        • Joe

          If you cant post something that isn't retarded, why are you allowed to communicate with the outside world?

          • Nazz1962

            Damned trolls are everywhere . . .

            • Peirre

              Perhaps you can find some proof that this is detrimental to ocean life? Otherwise I do believe you have proven yourself to be the troll, no?

    • Brother Maynard

      The answer is both. It disposes of unwanted/unneeded old equipment and does do good things for the ocean environment.

      • Bryan

        Tanks are never unwanted

        • Badfish

          Unlike children….

      • Nazz1962

        Thanks for the reply, Brother Maynard :)
        I certainly would hope that marine life habitat is the primary focus when we humans dump our unwanted material into the ocean. :) If it's good for the fish, cool! :)

        • ranD

          technically all of the materials dumped could be recycled and reused in SOME way. so YES i say we are helping the ocean bc we are not able to reuse these things. at least thats my opinion……

        • Hurricane Harri

          Obciously, you just post to get noticed or live under a rock. Any artificial reef that is considered must have a permit from the federal/national and local government. All dangerous, toxic or harmful material must be stripped out and final inspections completed along with input from local environmental groups. Every artificial reef is usually done by a group of volunteers, usually local dive clubs, who put the time in for free. In short, no, it's not some big bad industrialist, capitalist company simply dumping their unwanted junk!

  • yo adrian

    It's supposed to be a reef, but I don't see anything in the way of sea life other than #13

    • Picard_

      Patience young Grasshopper…your sea life will come in time.

      • Ricky

        No, it must be instantaneous, just like my gratification, otherwise i don't get it/ like it.

    • V4Vendetta14

      Within 5-10 years that will be a complete self-sustaining eco-system. Natural coral reefs are dying in certain places due to agricultural run-off affecting Ph balance of the water. It allows a type of starfish to thrive and kill natural reefs, and subsequently kills off the entire eco-system. This allows us to bring back the marine life lost when those eco-systems die…

  • 3 fan

    #26 can't be healthy for the environment

    • Nazz1962

      That's your congressman, hard at work!

      • dub

        Dirty Congressmen sleep with the fish.

  • Jedi

    Looks fishy to me

    • Zeke

      I see what you did there…

  • buuillis

    #26 day job without Chive access

  • apple

    thats alot of money in scrap metal

    • Larry

      When all is said and done; No, it is not.

  • Picard_

    Don't worry about it, go back to sleep.

  • llllllllllllll

    Nothing that is kitchen-related.

    • Jason

      oh sir you are fantastic.

  • TitoRigatoni

    It's a train car. Trains don't have tires.

    • dub

      It's a tired idea.

  • Brad

    seems like a lot of people have never watched Discovery or Animal Planet and don't know how reefs are formed. Coral and such are little animals that need things to attach to, so they dump subway cars in the ocean that coral and plants and shellfish attach to thereby creating a micro-climate or place where other fish can live and survive, circle of life. Then fishermen can come and fish for the bigger fish who hang out around the reefs…

    • HollarPeenYo

      I don't buy this… I think "Brad" here just works for the steel disposal industry… But you almost had me "Brad"…

    • Movie Line

      "Check out the big brain on Brad"

      • Brother Maynard

        At least he is posting facts.

      • V4Vendetta14

        Well played, sir!!!

  • Rebel_Soul

    #5 and #20 is cool but creepy

    • ReginaFilange

      Just plain creepy.

    • dasuperfan

      quite certain that was done by some artist don't know who though

      • Tofu_Ninja

        Oh really?! Here I was thinking they were natural formations…

    • Senor Rock

      Creepy is right. #5 is going to give me nightmares.

  • Ricky

    I agree, should have buried it so nothing could live on/it.

  • theyoman

    where do i report illegal dumping?

    • Gabriel Burgi

      See the comments thread above. Sheesh.

    • dub

      Camp authorities.

    • Airwalktdk

      " illegal dumping"

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