New York Subway Cars Transformed Into Artificial Reefs

by | Jan 21, 2015 | Conservation, Reef, Science | 0 comments

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All along the East Coast, New York subway cars are being transformed into artificial reefs. Photographer Stephen Mallon has caught some amazing shots of the subway cars being recycled into new homes for marine life. These 18 ton stainless steel cars are stacked up on liners and then dropped into the Atlantic, minus their wheels, windows and doors.subway 2 Over 2500 subway cars have been recycled into the ocean, to create stable homes for marine life, all as part of the Metropolitan Transit Recycling Project. The subway cars create an enticing home for marine life, where animals can seek protection in the cars, in what would be an otherwise bare sand sea bottom.subway 3 Mallons’ photo’s will be on display at New York University’s Kimmel Galleries from February 6 to March 15, 2015. MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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