War Wrecks of the Coral Seas

Thousands of tons of war wreckage sank into the fabled lagoons of the South Pacific islands during the naval and air battles of World War II. But instead of devastating the region’s underwater ecology, the detritus of human conflict turned into artificial reefs, upon which fantastic mini-ecosystems took shape. NATURE gives viewers a new perspective on wildlife in the South Pacific when its cameras board the WAR WRECKS OF THE CORAL SEAS.

The Solomon Islands and the waters that surround them constitute an enormous battlefield, where 60 years ago U.S. Navy and Marine forces began a monumental assault that eventually would drive Japanese forces northward, back toward their homeland. In addition to its enormous human toll, the fighting left countless ships and aircraft, including fuel and noxious cargo, on the beds of the formerly pristine shallow waters. Surprisingly, however, this intrusion into paradise did not repel wildlife from those waters. Instead, it attracted it.

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Online content for WAR WRECKS OF THE CORAL SEAS was originally posted May 2003.

  • mike

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  • delbert holmin

    a couple weeks ago i saw part of a show onheating and energy..It had something to do with university of Mn.
    I was taking care of my wife and could not watch it.
    I am her care giver.
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  • devon

    why dont we pull all the planes out and get them in the museam

  • tony

    The reason they don’t pull the planes out is simple.
    A. The planes have been sitting under water for so long that there really is not a whole lot of plane left to do much with.
    B. Unexploded ordinance, live ammunition that is still ” live “, one false move and Kaboom !, you get the picture.
    C Hallowed Ground. A soldier may have died in that plane. Let the living live and let the dead rest in peace.

  • Ace Parnell

    Why dont we pull the wreckage out and put them in a museum ? Well my friend they are in a museum and it is underwater.
    I visited just one such underwater museum and it was in the Truk Lagoon not too far from Guam. It was awesome to see sunken Japanese one man tanks sitting on the deck of a sunken Japanese supertanker lying in 177′ of warm clear water a sight I will never forget.

  • alex

    i think they have to bring the loved one,s back to home to ther famely
    bring them home also those pilots may they find ther peace.

  • travis

    another reason they dont pull them out is that there are so many they can find one that is altogether

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