One might ask why people would take a perfectly good ship, fill it up with water, and put it at the bottom of the ocean. Irrational hatred of boats? Need to show off their sick marine-engineering skills? Slow day on Snapchat?
Well, the answer is simple: wreck diving. Anyone who's ever swum through a submerged vessel knows shipwrecks are possibly the coolest thing about diving. Entire ships -- SHIPS! -- that once roamed the ocean, now consigned to the deep. You get to explore a once-functional relic, now the property of eels and sea cucumbers. Some of these vessels arrive by accident, but a good number are also deliberately sunk to become artificial reefs that divers and marine life can enjoy alike.
But how exactly does someone sink a gargantuan boat with precision? And what goes into making an artificial reef?
We walked through the process with Greg Harrison, part of the team that recently scuttled the Lady Luck off the coast of Pompano Beach, Florida. He gave us a look at how that ship got to the bottom, and all the steps he and Broward County took to make a state-of-the-art wreck. Acquiring the boat, cleaning, carving, and sinking -- the process is as fascinating as it is complex.