National Marine Aquarium buys warship to sink

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The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth has bought a disused British warship for 200,000 and plans to sink it off Whitsand Bay in the hope that it will become a valuable habitat for marine life, says TerraDaily.

The ship, which is due to be sunk on March 27 is expected to attract lots of marine life and divers to the area, possibly bringing in an additional 1 million per year to the local economy.

The decommissioned 2500-ton Royal Navy leander class warship, HMS Scylla, has had 60 big holes drilled in its hull to help it sink, and has been specially prepared to ensure that it causes little environmental damage.