The War Reefs
In 1942, the small, South Pacific Island of Guadalcanal became the scene of a decisive, World War II, air-sea battle between the United States and Japan. It was a turning point in the war for the US and its allies, but a resounding defeat for the Japanese. The terrible cost of the battle can be found enumerated on the sea floor in what is now called Iron Bottom Sound for the scores of ships and aircraft that lie there. Stan and his companions visit the waters surrounding Guadalcanal, and as they explore Japan’s sunken fleet, they discover that the debris of war has, over time, been changed, softened by the sea, and is now the home of a fantastic array of marine animals.