A sea turtle or two are very common sights here and generally are found near the mast.
The forward gun mount is present, but the gun is missing.
In the first hold (starting from the bow), there are some airplane wings.
In the second hold there are some floatplane pontoons with the kanji lettering on them.
On the top of the cabin area on the starboard side there is a nice anemone to see as well as one up in a crack in the stack on the same side of the ship.
On the port side behind the stack you can look down into the cabins and see a bathtub. It is pretty overgrown with algae, so it may be somewhat hidden. There is a chip on the side of the tub and a dent in the metal framework above that was created when a bomb fell into the ship. It was a dud and was removed by EOD personnel years ago.
The stern is very picturesque with all it's framework.
The mast is generally a great place for a little safety stop at about 60 feet and a turtle or two is seen here.
|Here's some of the framework and machinery located at the stern of the ship.|
|This is a shot of the mast. It is amazing to see the colors that appear when a stobe is used! Since I dive these wrecks during the day, I usually see a much less colorful image. When I get the photos back I am always pleasantly surprised!|
|There's at least two of these floatplane pontoons in the second hold. Notice the white band with the kanji lettering still visible.|
|There's usually at least one and sometimes two sea turtles on the Akibasan and they are often found in the mast that is towards the stern.|
|Jim Bishop drops in to take a look at the turtle.|
|More of our turtle friend!|
|View of a walkway that runs down the starboard side of the ship.|
|One of the many winches on the deck.|