Photo essay: The beauty of man-made ocean reefs


Sunken navy ships and subway cars make for odd, but inviting homes for endangered coral and assorted reef fish.

Reader’s Digest highlights these man-made reefs in its May issue with richly colorful images from photographer David Doubilet.

Highlights include the underwater cemetery Neptune Memorial Reef, encrusted steel pillars in the marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, and vivid coral wallpapering the interior corridors of the scuttled Coast Guard cutter Duane.

Click here for the slideshow of imagery.