Billionaire Conservationist's Yacht Damages Coral Reef
Paul Allen's vessel Tatoosh has allegedly damaged coral in the Cayman Islands, although that's not the biggest threat to the reef.
Billionaire Paul Allen has given millions of dollars to conservation causes over the years, including ones that support ocean exploration and preservation. But earlier this month, his 300-foot yacht Tatoosh allegedly caused significant damage to a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands.
The anchor and chain of the vessel allegedly damaged 14,000 square feet of reef on January 14, according to Cayman Islands' Department of Environment. The incident occurred in a protected area of Grand Cayman called the West Bay replenishment zone, which is near popular scuba diving sites.
The M/V Tatoosh was "moored in a position explicitly directed by the local Port Authority," Paul Allen's Seattle-based company, Vulcan, says in a statement on its website. However, the winds reportedly