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© Imran Ahmad B Rayat Ahmad
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The Aldebaran a 28m fishing-boat was confiscated for fishing illegally in Seychelles waters by the Seychelles Coast Guard. After legal procedures were finalized the owners abandoned the vessel. The vessel was acquired by the Seychelles Tourism Board - to commemorate the SUBIOS Festival of the Sea theme for that year “Wrecks as Ocean Habitats”, the vessel was sunk after careful consideration at an appropriate location. Elizabeth Fideria of Big Blue Divers had the pleasure of choosing a suitable place for the wreck, she choose a location with heavy sand bottom, some rocks and existing marine life in an area where currents are passing through to provide a healthy amount of nutrients. On July the 11th 2008 the Aldebaran was towed by a Seychelles Port Authority tugboat to her last resting place off the coast of Willie's Bay in the north-west of Mahe. She lays upright in 40m depth and is teeming with marine life – Bat Fish are hovering over the Wreck, Moray Eels by the dozen, Lion Fish in every corner, schooling Jacks, Fusiliers and Sweetlips are found in and around the wreck and often one or more Stingrays are laying in the sand. - Taken from Big Blue Divers, Seychelles.

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