Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Don't go into the water...

<strong>Figure 9.12</strong> Location of dumped munitions and reported encounters between 1999 and 2008.

Since we're on the subject of world wars, OSPAR (the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic) released an interesting report detailing the tons of unexploded munitions, bombs, torpedos, and mines leftover from WWII. 
"As recently as 2005, three fishermen were killed in the southern North Sea when a Second World War bomb exploded on their fishing vessel after having been caught in their nets. There are also concerns over the many chemicals used in the munitions, which may be released as the munitions degrade with the possibility of risks for the marine food chain."
Pretty crazy! I'll have to remember this the next time on holiday...

You can find the report here.


  1. Whoa... That's crazy, I can't believe those bombs are still active...

  2. This sounds like a job for those UFOs that are checking out our nukes. Just send them minesweeping along the coastline.

    "That sure is a strange looking fish...BOOM!"

  3. I once found a bomb floating in my I have no penis or legs :(