Sunken ships can be turned into artificial reefs, which are very different from naturally formed coral reefs. There are some benefits of artificial reefs in a marine habitat, including the promotion of marine life by providing a home for many species of fish and algae. However, due to accidents in past involving pieces of the artificial reef breaking off and polluting the surrounding water, scientists are unsure if there is any net benefit from implementing artificial coral reefs.
Artificial reefs also make excellent tourism and diving attractions due to the amount of marine life they can attract. However, a concern with any artificial reef is the material it is composed of may leach off into the water. Using sunken ships as a reef base poses less of an environmental hazard than using tires (which contribute petroleum based chemicals to the water) and tend to create more interesting dive sites.
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