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Dive Type: Boat Dive Depth: 17 - 22m Diver Qualification: Advanced Diver

The Paris Meru
On the 15th of January 1934 the Japanese Cargo ship, Paris Maru, struck  Roman Rock.

She was taken in a lot of water  and the gale force south-easterly wind made matters worse.   She sank approximately 3km from the mouth of Port Elizabeth Harbour towards North End beach. Unfortunately for divers, she is lies directly in the shipping lane and has been blown up to flatten her.

The wreckage lies scattered over a large area (approximately 200m radius) at a depth of 16m. The mangled pieces of metal make an interesting artificial reef. Care must be taken when diving on the Paris Maru, because there are lots of sharp pieces of wreckage and much of the wreck is covered in sand. She must be dived when conditions are good, with little surge and good visibility.

Large sea fans can be found all over the wreck. Basket sea stars, silver and gas flame nudibranchs, Feather stars and wreck anemones are just some of the invertebrates that can be seen on this dive site. Fish like shad, red romans, koesters and steentjies are also often found here.


Specie List for Dive site: (PE-AB)-The Paris Maru Wreck (1934)
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Actinoptilum molle (Radial sea pen)
Anthothoe chilensis (Striped anemone)
Balanus amphitrite (Striped barnacle)
Corynactis annulata-1 (Strawberry anemone)
Distaplia skoogi (Snowball ascidian)
Janolus capensis (Silvertip nudibranch)
Laminopora bimunita (Orange pore-plated false coral)
Marthasterias glacialis (Spiny starfish)
Panulirus homarus (East coast rock lobster)
Phalium labiatum zeylancium (Helmet shell snail)
Protula bispiralis (Red fanworm)
Scyllarides elisabethae (Shovellar lobster)
Thysanozoon brocchii (Carpet flatworm)
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