Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and now environmental warrior, is in a little bit of hot water after his 300-foot yacht destroyed large parts of a coral reef in the Cayman Islands:
Microsoft co-founder and marine conservationist Paul Allen's yacht destroyed 80% of a coral… https://t.co/qbmlVPoOXG
— Students Cloud (@StudentsCloud) January 29, 2016
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) January 29, 2016
And we do mean destroyed. From Reuters:
An anchor chain from the vessel damaged nearly 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters), or about 80 percent, of reef near two scuba diving sites in the West Bay, the islands’ environment department said, according to the Cayman News Service.
Allen’s Seattle-based Vulcan Inc organization, which manages his fortune, said on Wednesday that the M/V Tatoosh was moored on Jan. 14 in a “position explicitly directed” by the local port authority and that his team was cooperating with the investigation.
“When its crew was alerted by a diver that her anchor chain may have impacted coral in the area, the crew promptly, and on their own accord, relocated their position to ensure the reef was protected,” Vulcan said.
Allen, of course, is a climate alarmist who is really, really concerned about how humans are treating the environment:
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) January 15, 2016
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) January 7, 2016
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) December 13, 2015
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) December 8, 2015
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) September 18, 2015
Heh. Swim faster, whale! Before Paul Allen kills you with one of his mega-yachts!