The Story of Scylla Reef

Scylla Reef — all you need to know

Scylla Reef was created when the former Royal Navy frigate HMS Scylla was placed on the seabed in Whitsand Bay, south east Cornwall, after a series of controlled explosions, on 27th March 2004. Since placement the reef has established itself as a centre for scientific research, a habitat increasingly rich in marine life and a unique destination for recreational divers.

It has been estimated that Scylla Reef has attracted over 30,000 divers since placement and has generated in the region of £5 m per year for the local economy.

Scientific studies on the colonization of the reef indicate that the reef has now settled into an established community with over 250 species of marine life recorded. The reef now offers a unique opportunity for recreational divers, with appropriate levels of skill and training, to experience a reef community on a relatively intact “wreck”.

In addition to providing an artificial reef, Scylla Reef was created so that more recreational divers could enjoy and experience native marine life as we learn more about how it behaves and how it responds to the challenges of global environmental change.

We encourage anyone visiting the reef to take note of the Information for Divers and take all necessary steps to ensure their own safety and the protection of the reef and its inhabitants.

Pink Sea Fans (Eunicella verrucosa) settling on the deck of Scylla Reef after 12 months.[Note: please note italics in the latin name, in brackets]

Kelp and settling on Scylla Reef attracting fish species after 12 months.

Plumose anemones (Metridium senile) settling on the bow of Scylla Reef after 12 months.