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Underwater Photo Location: Chuuk Lagoon

Underwater Photo Location: Chuuk Lagoon

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Oil and aviation fuel dribble from this 454 foot cargo vessel in 200 feet of water. Ship lies with a 45 degree list to the port side. She was attacked by nine planes from Bunker Hill, and was hit by a 1,000 lbs bomb and a solid torpedo hit. She burned and quickly sunk. The No.1 hold contains only a few crushed 55 gallon drums and there is a large car too. There is a 10 foot long aileron (paravane) used for mine sweeping hanging off the port side. There is a large hole from the torpedo hit on the starboard side of the hold. There is a stern gun, and the ship's planking is burned from the fire. The ship's safe was salvaged in recent time, but its contents were not publicized.

Today the Amagisan Maru lies on a gentle slope with the bow in less than 30 metres and the stern in 58 metres. The wreck has a 45 to 50º list to the port and faces back towards the southern end of Uman Island.

This is an interesting wreck, it's only a pity it is in such deep water. There was a fuel tanker truck on the deck when the ship went down. It has slid off the deck and lies on the sand next to the forward hold. The forward masts has fallen over and hit the cabin of the tanker, crushing it.

There is a large bow gun still intact, and the anchor can be see lying out on the sand with the chain running all the way back into the ship. The forward number 1 hold is mainly empty except for a few empty fuel drums. Hold number 2 contains some aircraft wings and more barrels. At the rear of the hold is a car with its cab mostly intact.
Facts about Chuuk Lagoon
  • It is in Micronesia
  • Chuuk Lagoon is in the Pacific.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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by Kane Savage
Pink Skunk Clownfish, Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia

by Pete Devereux
"Betty" bomber in Chuuk Lagoon with diver in background.

by Brian Gonzales
Bow of Wreck, Truk Lagoon

by Brian Gonzales
Truk Lagoon, Mast Post

by Brian Gonzales
Engine Room, Truk Lagoon

by Claudette Muller
The Hoki Maru in Truck Lagoon. Taken at 110 feet on the superstructure of the ship. Beautiful purple anenome! Just happened the divers came into view at the last moment.

by Rick Tegeler
'Gunboat ' wreck... Truk Lagoon.

by Haydn Salvas
Took a trip to Truk Lagoon, amazing place with some amazing scenes. Gas Mask within one of the wrecks just one of the reminders of the loss of life.

by Haydn Salvas
Always an interesting situation to find common place element of a ship in a not so common place. This one was on one of the decks within the middle of the wreck, well away from the sides.

by Haydn Salvas
Inside the engine room of the Heian Maru in Truk, lots of rust, fine silt and broken gauges.

by Haydn Salvas
On the deck of the Shinkoku, it took me ages to finally get the shot I really wanted. Was aiming to capture this little guy's head on but also capture the transulcent nature of the anemone.

by Haydn Salvas
60 year old Japanese book on the deck of the Fumitzuki wreck.

by Lisa Kelly
Glorious reef!

by David Gilchrist
Mast Ascent on the Seiko Maru, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Betty Bomber, late afternoon

by David Gilchrist
Top Turret hatch, Betty Bomber site, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Exploring the Sanisan Maru, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
The Underwater Photographer, Sony Rx 100, Nauticam Housing

by David Gilchrist
Gas Mask, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Dog faced Puffer fish, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Shrimp sp. Swimming in water column during night dive in Truk Lagoon. Sony Rx 100, Nauticam, Sea&Sea YSD1, Inon UCL-165D

by David Gilchrist
Night dive close up of a Crown of Thorn starfish.

by David Gilchrist
Soldierfish sp. Truk Lagoon, Sony Rx 100 in Nauticam housing. ISO 125 f/11 1/640

by David Gilchrist
Yellow Soft Coral, Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Beautiful marine growth on shipwreck in Truk Lagoon

by Wolfgang Zwicknagl
One single jelly shot several times, croped and assembled into one Jellyfish Panorama.

by David Gilchrist
Underwater Photographer, Truk Lagoon

by Wolfgang Zwicknagl
Nice killing of time during a safety stop with another gentle Jelly.

by Wolfgang Zwicknagl
Viewing outside the Rio de Janeiro Maru in Chuuk.

by Wolfgang Zwicknagl
Buddytime! Great to see how helpful a model can be, even if the shooting is already done. The model carries the camera while the photographer relaxes on a spare tank after an exhausting session ;-)

by Wolfgang Zwicknagl
bridge telegraph @Nippo Maru, Chuuk

by David Gilchrist
A batfish grouping in Truk Lagoon

by David Gilchrist
Artifacts of War. Diver prepares to photograph items on wreck in Truk Lagoon.

by David Gilchrist
Diver exits Truk Lagoon wreck.

by Steve Laycock
Gas masks on board Fujikawa MAru

by Neil Tinmouth
Ray of light entering the shower block on the Gosei Maru - Truk Lagoon

by Haydn Salvas
On the deck of the Katsuragisan Maru when I looked under a sheet of metal only to find this guy chilling out!

by Haydn Salvas
Inside the bow section of the Japanese destroyer Oite in Truk. One of the Odyssey dive guides was coming the other way and managed to take this shot of him modelling with the fan.

by Marcus Blatchford
A pair of anemone fish with anemone surrounded by glass fish

by Marcus Blatchford
Diver inside the engine room of Kensho Maru

by Marcus Blatchford
Lifeboat davit with decompressing divers in background
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