[Watch] Texas Sink Ship to Create Artificial Reef Near Galveston

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Many environmentalists hate the oil rigs and platforms that pepper the water’s surface across the northern Gulf of Mexico, but anglers know there’s something magical about steel that provides relief over otherwise featureless water bottoms.  It springs forth life beginning at the benthic layer and extending all the way up the food chain to the creatures that cause bent rods and aching biceps.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also knows the value of steel in salt water, and like Louisiana, it has an active artificial reef program that adds structure to offshore and inshore fisheries.  The Texas agency Friday sank a 371-foot cargo vessel named the Kraken 67 miles off the coast of Galveston to create a new artificial reef.

The department expects the sunken ship to attract coral and baitfish and eventually game fish.  It is located in close proximity to the Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary, one of the nation’s most significant attractions for divers.

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