Royal Caribbean cruise lines was given permission to anchor on a protected reef ... so it did

source: youtube

  • Another cruise ship (Pullmantur Zenith) anchor wipes the reef in Grand Cayman. Friend posted this video that was taken an hour after they anchored. Thousands of years, gone
  • This sickens me. I wish we could do something about this sort of stuff. Protected reef gets destroyed by anchor
  • Royal Caribbean cruise lines was given permission to anchor on a protected reef ... so it did
  • Cruise Ship Pullmantur Zenith anchor wipes the reef. X-post from /r/scuba
  • Royal Caribbean cruise ship anchors down on a reef in Grand Cayman
  • Zenith Anchor Damage to Reef - December 8, 2015
  • Cruise ship's anchor cable damaging coral
  • Zenith Anchor Damage - December 8, 2015
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    Tavares Kutch
    I live in Grand Cayman and this is so devastating. A similar accident happened in August 2014 and they have been working to restore that. This area is beautiful to snorkel/scuba at as well (was out there just a couple weeks ago and saw my first shark!) Here are a few articles from our local News about what happened: - [Déjà vu: Cruise ship anchor destroys George Town reef](http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/12/09/deja-vu-all-over-again-cruise-ship-anchor-destroys-george-town-reef) - [MV Zenith’s coral reef devastation ‘pretty much by the book,’ says DOE](http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/12/09/mv-zeniths-coral-reef-devastation-pretty-much-by-the-book-says-doe) The island has also been debating back and forth about creating a new dock which would require dredging a lot of the same area where this anchor was dropped.