The sunken ships of Moreton Island

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Ships Deliberately Sunk

Just off the coast of Queensland, Australia is Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world and home to the amazing Tangalooma Wrecks site.

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In 1963, a group of boat owners asked that a man-made harbor be built to protect their boats. As a result, 15 vessels were deliberately sunk, creating a break wall for small boats and a stunning site of wreckage.

The decommissioned vessels--old barges, dredges and flatboats have attracted a stunning amount of tropical marine life and are now a great snorkeling and scuba diving spot.

Wind and water have worn the ships down over time, only adding to their beauty.

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