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The iron wreck of the Koi has been a haven for marine as well as invertebrates since WWII, when it sunk at its final resting place.
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The Koi was built in Scotland in 1906, it was twin screw steamer or 53 net register tons. The wreck is 30 meters long with a beam of 4.9 meters. She was used as a passenger ferry in and around the Motueka area. The Koi sunk in Picton harbor on March the 10th 1940 and was raised, towed across the Sound and sunk off a point between Torea Point and Double Cove on the 5th of May 1940, in a depth of 12 meters.
Since then the Koi has become encrusted with invertebrate live and is home to Sea Horses, Blennies, Decorator Crabs, Nudibranchs, Leather Jackets and Butterfly Perch. Seals are often seen basking on the rocky shore line close by. Even though it is shallow, the wreck is a great dive, with great Macro photo opportunities and due to the wrecks location diving on it is never effected by the weather. This is an ideal wreck for the new or learner diver.
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