Stunning Coral on the Shipwrecks of Subic Bay
Beautifully coloured coral in Subic Bay – this was around 30 metres down.
One of the most amazing sights underwater, for me anyway, is when I’m doing a wreck dive, and the ghostly outline of a long-sunk ship slowly appears at the end of a deep, gloomy descent when nothing else is visible below you.
Yet at the depth of many wrecks, you can usually only makes out green or blue colours with the naked eye, because the longer wavelengths of sunlight, colours such as red, yellow or orange, are absorbed by the surrounding water. So while your eyes see wrecks like this:
But when you use a flash to photograph the wrecks up close, these monochrome hulls suddenly resemble incredibly coloured artists’ palletes.
The colour of corals growing on the deep shipwrecks in Subic Bay constantly amazes me, but it’s often not until I get back to my room and download my photos that I fully appreciate what I saw.
I have added below a few stunning examples of what I mean, all taken on the otherwise gloomy shipwrecks that lie beneath Subic Bay in the Philippines. The brown-orange background on many of them is the corroding iron of the ship.
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