Chuuk (also known as Truk) lagoon is another of Micronesia's incredible undersea phenomena. The giant lagoon is almost 40 miles in diameter and reaches depths of 300 feet. Aside from the sheer beauty of the undersea coral reef beneath the clear water, the bottom of Chuuk lagoon is the final tomb for more than 100 ships, planes and submarines - -the legacy of a fierce World War II battle between the Japanese Imperial Fleet and Allied carrier attack planes. The warm tropical water, prolific marine life and ocean currents have transformed the wrecks into breathtakingly beautiful coral gardens and artificial reefs, home to hundreds of exotic marine animals and fish. Today, Chuuk lagoon is a mecca to the world's sport divers, underwater photographers and marine scientists.
To the diving enthusiast, Chuuk offers one of the finest wreck diving experiences available. It is a rare opportunity to find so many ship wrecks so close together and so completely intact. Chuuk also grows better with time and exploration. With each year of submersion the wrecks become more gilded in a lacework of brilliantly colored soft coral, sponges, anemones and sea fans. This dense marine life, in turn, attracts great schools of jacks, tuna and grouper.
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