|Soft corals sway in the ocean current.|
We hadn't heard about the Carnival Magic cruise ship that in August of 2014 had mistakenly dropped anchor in an unauthorized area near Georgetown. According to the reports, there is some dispute over whether the pilot for the port, the captain, or the weather was to blame. I'm guessing there's enough blame to spread around. The ship was anchored in front of Bob Foster's Dive operation and when the staff noticed that it was in the wrong spot, they notified authorities. By that time, the huge anchor and it's thick chain had damaged an estimated 1200 square foot area of pristine reef.
|Delicate lacy and colorful sea fans.|
It is quite an effort as large pieces of rubble needed to be lifted with airbags and moved to a safe place in a sandy area and then of course cleaning off the corals and reattaching. It is a slow process. Lois has had some experience as she worked with a recovery project in 1996 from another cruise ship mishap with an anchor.
If you'd like to see some video from the project, go to the interview Lois and Joe Avary did on the Daybreak program on Cayman 27. And if you'd like to know more about the ongoing project, check out the Facebook page: Cayman Magic Reef Recovery. I'm so thankful for people like the volunteers working this project who are concerned with protecting and preserving the beauty of our oceans and reefs.
|Picture taken by Bob Foster's divers of Carnival Magic anchor.|