Asian Diver (English) - - Editor’s Note -

“I am ab­so­lutely en­rap­tured by the at­mos­phere of a wreck. A dead ship is the house of a tremen­dous amount of life – fish and plants. The mix­ture of life and death is mys­te­ri­ous, even re­li­gious. There is the same sense of peace and mood that you feel on en­ter­ing a cathe­dral.”

– Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Wrecks are enig­matic, revered, and some­times dan­ger­ous. Yet they can be found in abun­dance: It is es­ti­mated that there are around three mil­lion wrecks un­der­wa­ter. But for the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion, these trea­sure troves re­main hid­den be­neath the waves.

With Asia be­ing a hotspot in the theatre of World War II, its waters host a plethora of his­tor­i­cal wrecks wait­ing to be ex­plored. While some are the re­sult of a rich his­tory, oth­ers are pur­pose­fully-sunk as ar­ti­fi­cial reefs. Ei­ther way, these wrecks have now be­come home to the ocean’s crea­tures, sus­tain­ing new life when all was dead.

The serene pic­ture has been tainted by the un­be­com­ing act of illegal sal­vaging. Yet again, hu­mans are de­stroy­ing what Na­ture has re­stored. Might it be best that these wrecks re­main lost?

As­so­ciate ed­i­tor,

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