Four years ago, the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank off the coast of the island of Giglio. Thirty-two people lost their lives in the disaster.
Now, for the first time, the ship has been pulled from the ocean depths, and we can see what became of the luxury vessel.
The Daily Mail has covered this with a lengthy article which is well worth reading, but in the meantime, you can see for yourself the effects four years underwater has done to the liner.
Brightly colored coral and moss are growing in places excited vacationers once roamed:
Curious sea plants are growing on the roofs:
Slot machines are upturned and forgotten, their precious contents looted:
And casino chips, over which the passengers likely gambled in the moments leading to the disaster, lie forgotten on the floor:
These photos serve as a reminder of how impermanent we as a species truly are.
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