SHIP REEF

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One of the most iconic wrecks in the Bay of Mar­seille, this 300-foot Moroc­can cargo boat was car­ry­ing a load of or­anges when it sank in Fe­bru­ary 1970 af­ter strik­ing Planier Is­land’s rocky reefs. Ly­ing on its port side, Chaouen’s bow is at 15 feet and the pro­pel­lers are on the sandy bot­tom at 90 feet. The stern, props and mast — which are still in­tact — are en­tirely cov­ered in red gor­goni­ans ( Para­muricea clavata), which are typ­i­cal to the Mediter­ranean Sea. Only 100 feet away from the Chaouen lies a Messer­schmitt Bf 109, a relic from WWII.

FRANCE, MEDITER­RANEAN SEA

LO­CA­TION Le Chaouen, Bay of Mar­seille

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Damien Mau­ric

Fif­teen years af­ter hit­ting a shoal, por­tions of Le Chaouen were still above wa­ter. Storms even­tu­ally re­sulted in the ship sub­merg­ing en­tirely.

WHEN TO GO June to Oc­to­ber — wa­ter temps peak at 78˚F in Au­gust; in win­ter, temps drop to high 50s F DIVE NOW dune-mar­seille.com

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