Two tec divers inspecting hull of the Tottori Maru shipwreck.

IWR, Oil Tankers and Rocking Horse Poo

The Tottori Maru was ultimately sunk by the USS Hammerhead while attempting a supply mission. But as I swim around the wreckage, her more infamous history attacks my senses, sending shivers through me. I recount in my mind’s eye the horrific events witnessed by the twisted eroding metal. My torchlight briefly touches a ladder reaching deep into the dark holds and encouraging further my imagination. Finally, my buddy flashing a signal brings me back, the dive time turns us. We head for the assent line. A vast unexplored shipwreck deserves days, not minutes of bottom time. Yet, so much is left unexplored.

Unicorn Wreck Koh Tao

Unicorn Wreck Koh Tao

Shipwrecks change, all shipwrecks are unstable. They are constantly being attacked by the environment and eventually get swallowed into the sand to be forgotten. No part of the wreck is unchanged over time. The shallower the wreck the more oxygenated the water and heavy sea states accelerate the decomposition. This makes deciphering the story of […]