No they weren’t, and they never are. The outcome has turned out as I always expected, that the Rena would turn into an outstanding marine habitat and possible dive location. The one thing that always amused me through the entire “marine catastrophe” was thinking back to the thousands of ships either sunk in the open seas or in ports during ww2 with all that fuel on board. Thousands of Merchant ships. Then there was the estimated 2000 bird deaths that were an additional cause of outrage. I wonder how many deaths come as a result of this list here¬†http://birding.about.com/od/birdconservation/tp/Causes-Of-Bird-Die-Offs.htm
Anyway, back to the environmental catastrophe that is the MV Rena:
¬†Look at those Blue Mao Mao, dying in their hundreds and clearly suffering the effects from the ship wreck. It’s heart wrenching.
¬†A fish suffering from depression from living in a large empty house on his own.
¬†Kina on the shipwreck, clearly not happy either.
¬†Hundreds of Makerel retreating to avoid the creeping shipwreck death plague.
What a catastrophe.