Can’t decide whether to be cremated, interred in a graveyard or buried at sea? Thanks to the largest manmade reef in the world, you can now do all three.
The Neptune Memorial Reef lies 3 miles from Miami off the coast of Florida and was created by the Neptune Society as an homage to the lost city of Atlantis. It’s the largest man-made reef ever created and the first underwater mausoleum in the world, allowing the deceased to have their ashes interred into a plot and friends and family to pay grave visits via snorkel, scuba or submarine.
The reef is characterised by ornate columns and leonine sculptures and aims to create ‘life after life’, according to the official website, by encouraging the development of a natural marine habitat for all manner of sub-aquatic flora and fauna.
With more than 10 types of coral, hundreds of coral colonies and thousands of creatures calling the space their home since its construction, the site is eventually earmarked to span 16 acres and house 125,000 graves.
via Neptune Society