Unused oil rig turns into underwater Garden of Eden

Last Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 22:04

Washington: A rig, which is thirty-eight miles off the Louisiana coast, and stopped producing oil more than a decade ago, has become an object of attraction for thousands of sea creatures.

One hundred feet below the water surface, its coral-covered legs is a magnet for fishermen and is known to scuba divers as an underwater Garden of Eden, CBS News reported.

Dr. Paul Sammarcom, who is a biologist with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, said that there are hundreds of old oil platforms that look like this, but under federal law, they are required to be removed in the next few years.
He said that when these platforms are put in place, people have no idea that they are going to develop into these massive artificial reefs; he added that they are more environmentally valuable in the water than they would be if they are scrapped out of the water.


First Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 22:04

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