"Next stop: artificial reef!"

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

On the coast of Slaugther Beach in Delaware, USA, the underwater landscape is being modified. Where before was inhospitable and deserted bottom of the sea, now there's and incredible artificial reef, with wagons from out-of-use subway trains. The name Red Bird, the name of this project, pays homage to the traditional New York subway company.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is responsible for this programme created a few years ago and that has been able to repopulate the bottom of the sea with fish and other marine species, thanks to the crafty use of these wagons. According to Jeff Tinsman, in charge of this programme: "a truly luxurious condominium has been created for the fish". There are 666 old cars that rest at the bottom of the sea, ensuring the development of sea life as well as of fishing and diving. There are more than 10 000 tours each year, in search of fun, fish and amzing pictures.

Because of its success (which had been doubted, at first), Delaware is now facing a new problem: the lack of carriages. That's because other cities are showing interest in the project, and competition for carriages is ferocious. The fact is, when an idea is good and helps the planet, nothing is better than it being copied. What's most interesting, though, is that when you see the wagons, that once carried thousands of passengers, being lifted into their final voyage, you get a ghastly feeling. On the other hand, the subway is now going to house whole new inhabitants.

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons

 Environment Bird Carriage Sea Subway Ocean Reef Red Wagons


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