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French Riviera: Deep diving on a WWII submarine wreck

By : Patrick Masse | Duration : 2min 44sec | Channel : Diving Trips
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A few miles ashore from the marina of Cavalaire, a famous WWII submarine lies on the sand at 132 ft. deep: the “Rubis” (Ruby in English).

The 217 ft. submarine was built in 1931 and was part of the French Navy. During WWII, she sank 22 battleships and was nicknamed the “Comrade of the Liberation” before being scuttled in 1958. It is only decades later it was “rediscovered” by local scuba divers to become one of the top wreck dive sites in the world.

This superb video was shot by the dive travel blogger Florine of World Adventure Divers in October 2016. Visibility was ideal for filming, and the wreck was full of marine life such as groupers, dentex, gilthead seabream, moray eels, congers and spiny lobsters. If you pay attention, during the video, the same grouper is following the team of scuba divers.

Florine was diving the entire summer in the South of France to explore the best dive sites from Toulon to Cavalaire: the Rubis made it to her top 10 dives of 2016.
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