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Aqaba’s C-130 Hercules artificial reef torn apart by fierce storms

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Aqaba C-130 Hercules

One of the most-popular dive sites in Aqaba – the artificial reef created by a C-130 Hercules aircraft – has been ripped to pieces by the fierce storms that swept the Gulf of Aqaba last week.

The C-130, which had been on the seabed in some 18-20m for a couple of years, was gaining a healthy coating of marine growth, particular under one of the wings, which was draped in vibrant soft corals.

Aqaba C-130 Hercules

Now the fuselage has been decimated, the wings have fallen on to the bottom, and it is a shadow of its former self, when it sat fully intact as if it was about to take off. However, many are now of the opinion that it looks like a ‘genuine’ wreck, and it will be interesting to see how marine life colonies the remnants of this airplane.

Aqaba C-130 Hercules

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Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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