1.My name is Shawn. I live on coast of Turi Turi Martangy with my mum and dad and sister and friends James and Mark, me and my friends have known each other since preschool. We are the adventurous type which is why we are always fascinated with what we find in reefs surrounding Turi and the small abundant of tide pools, but mostly wonder what is truly below the reef, what lives in the darkest corner of the reef. This what we all think about. Every time we visit the reef we always find something new hidden in the reef. Until that happens we will continue our search to find anything else that lurks in the shadows of the reef
People know stories of a ship that had been transporting explosives blew up just outside of the cove that was later blown into the cove and got caught on the sharp rocks surrounding the enclosed part of the reef. From my point of view, this would explain the amount of wood beached on the reef’s outer shell. To add on to the wreck, it was high tide and reef was invisible a few divers brought cameras to take photos of the wreck. How the ship caught fire is unknown dew to the fact it wasn’t being targeted. The ship’s hull was ripped open on the starboard side meaning it collided with the reef on the right. Therefore, the reef is called shipwreck cavern.
My friends and I can tell that snorkelling wouldn’t work to reach the wreck because of the depth, so diving is our only choice. According to the local divers a small school of shark’s swim around the wreck so we must be stealthy or at least be armed. The wreck is well known because it contains kina, oysters and a large amount of fish species. James had all the equipment we needed to do this, Head bound flashlights, spear guns, oxygen tanks, wetsuits, flippers, gloves and bags to secure anything we find interesting.
2.With high tide slowly crawling up the reef the large swarms of stranded creatures were pulled from the rock pools and out to sea. The screeching calls of sea birds covered up the sound of the waves clashing the reef with all their strength. Sea birds were bullets penetrating the water and reappearing with fish hanging from their mouths. Small blue penguins were also hunting now. The green sea covered the battle.
The gear James had supplied was loaded onto my small dingy as we set of to the shipwreck that was at least 15 metres below us. Mark slowly lowered the anchor as James and I guided the it to a suitable spot away from the wreck. The pitch-black water made it hard to see where we were going. Our flashlights were helpful getting down. When we were inside of the wreck oysters and coral covered it. Our bright flashlights scared off most of the fish. As we climbed inside of the hull, we turned of our lights to see another one heading towards us. To our surprise, it was mark who was fetching kina. Me and James turned on our lights and turned to see a creature closing in on us.
3.We scattered over to a small wall. The creature which was indeed a shark was only metres away. I could hear my heart pounding heavily as the shark’s nose was coming closer. By now I thought my heart would explode but it slowly began to calm down. When the shark lost interest, we turned around and found a deeper section that was barely visible as it was the cargo bay. The remaining cargo was covered by several feet of coral and kelp that was inhabited by colourful fish seeking refuge. As we entered the uneven cargo bay we tried to evade the sides as they were sharp and defended by the large crabs running along the edges looking for a meal. As my friends and I searched through the cargo bay we came across various types of strange creatures like sea slugs and octopus’s. the place was brimming with sea life. Until CRASH the way we came in had caved in on us and our oxygen tanks were running low and the small ray of light being emitted from our torches went out.
4. we could barely see a thing. Then I realized we all had to bring a spare flashlight. I searched through my bag to pull out a small flashlight and turned it on. The place looked different now. The cargo was everywhere and there was ripped pieces of coral and kelp. The floating shreds of weeds made it even more troubling to see as it was always getting in the way. We all split up looking for ways out of the ship. After a few minutes, we regrouped with nothing. But I then noticed something in the corner of my eye. It was our anchor that as getting looser every second we wasted because of the hammering waves above the surface. We all swam over to the anchor and climbed up it like a ladder. When I had pulled up the anchor we left with what we came to do and never forgot what happened that day. And I got quite angrily yelled at.