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Atago Maru - Malaysia


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The wreck of the Atago Maru dates back to WWII, and sits with her top deck just ten meters from the water’s surface. At 100 meters long, this warship is massive; and, as she is sitting upright and intact, she is quite possibly one of the best examples of a warship of this magnitude in the Malaysian region. Covered in a soft and colorful blanket of cave corals and anemone, sponges and soft coral, the wreck is teeming with life, large and small. Look for big groupers and cranky old moray eels, big schools of jack, trevally and big eyes, and thousands of smaller silver baitfish making endless trips around the ship. One drawback here is the visibility. There is heavy silting, and that can reduce visibility to between 5 and 10 meters at times. Still, this is a fantastic wreck for all divers to explore, and there are some nice macro photo opportunities.

From The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II: November 28, 1944. USAAF B-24 (13th Air Force) sinks Japanese merchant tanker Atago Maru off Miro, Borneo.

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