Swimming In Spratly...Someday

Swimming In Spratly…Someday

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Imagine 750 tropical islands, reefs, islets, atolls, and cays in the South China Sea.

With over 600 coral reefs that are important habitats for many seabirds and sea turtles, the ocean swimming must be gorgeous in the Spratly Islands, especially because of many low-lying islands, sunken reefs, and atolls awash with a beautifully dynamic marine environment.

But with explosives and poisons used fishing techniques and about 45 islands currently occupied by military forces from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia, the Spratly Islands are best avoided at this time.

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