371-foot ship new Gulf of Mexico artificial reef off Texas

FILE - This March 31, 2015 file photo shows an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor Energy President William Pecue on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, told a gathering of industry experts and environmental advocates in Baton Rouge the decade-old oil leak that could last for another century was caused by an "act of God" during a hurricane. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A 371-foot former cargo vessel named for a mythical sea monster has become an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the Kraken was sunk 67 miles off Galveston. The ship is expected to become a home to fish, coral and other sea-life, plus a destination for divers.

The project is part of the state’s Artificial Reef Program funded through grants and industry donations.

The Kraken was towed from Trinidad to Brownsville last May. Crews removed all fuel, oil and hazardous materials to abide by environmental regulations.

Department officials say the ship sank last Friday as openings cut into the vessel filled with water. The Kraken settled about 140 feet below the surface.

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