The wrecks at the bottom of the Bikini Atoll are at depths inaccessible for recreational divers, at up to 65 meter deep it requires special training, diving with mixed gasses to visit them.
The US conducted 67 nuclear bomb tests in the Marshall Islands after World War II, including Castle Bravo on Bikini Island – the largest nuclear device ever exploded by the US. The testing destroyed the lives of the local residents who can never return to their island home. In the mini documentary for CNN, Thymann travelled to the Marshall Islands to learn about the legacy of the US nuclear testing, and hear what the residents hope for the future. He meets one of the caretakers of Bikini Island, still uninhabitable decades after the tests. Through wreck diving, he encounters the thriving coral reef among what’s left of the Navy ships used in the tests.
Producer: Klaus Thymann
Camera: Klaus Thymann
Editors: Nick Blatt, Kevin Tadge
Supervising Producer: Allison Brown