A very intriguing submerged reality took on the base of the seas in Portimão, far in the diving schools in Lisbon , the newspaper Público reported . Four Navy ships are now the backdrop to the Ocean Revival underwater park and are the cozy home of many species of snails, octopuses, mackerels and additional fish and mollusks. Ships are still a massive attraction for countless sailors from several nations.
One year after being sunk, under the watchful eye of several dive school teachers in Lisbon and across the nation, Navy ships - a corvette, ocean patrol, frigate and oceanographic vessel - now have the assignment of to sponsor the marine life - flora and fauna - of the region and to constitute a lucrative tourist attraction.
Underwater Park Portimão welcomes lots of diving fans from Lisbon and the whole country.
Opened at the end of October 2012, the underwater park is situated 30 meters deep, where pontificam heaps of oysters, barnacles, porkfish, sea bream and sea bass. The surrounding fauna and flora are in such a manner in symbiosis with all the boats it's no longer possible to distinguish the original color of the ships. The boats were organized in such a way as to facilitate the entry of professional divers and students out of diving schools in Lisbon.
It should be remembered that the average time here of stay at 30 meters does not exceed 40 minutes, which implies several visits for a read more complete understanding of the vessels. The creation of a complete ecosystem in the region of ships was a matter of weeks. The mussels that were attached to the hooves drawn the octopuses and the sea currents did the remainder.
The four sunken ships now house dozens of marine algae, shellfish and fish species
Just in the Zambezi are there more than two dozen different species attracted from the larvae which were being shipped from one vessel to another. The underwater park is behaving as an artificial reef, which can help to increase biodiversity in that area. Only 'Oliveira e Carmo' is home to 22 species, such as sea bream, porpoise, porpoise and barnacles. And others less known to the public.
But other species have been seen near the ships, especially moonfish, crow fish, lilies and perhaps even little dolphins. Evidence that man doesn't always impact nature in a negative way and when interventions have been well planned and implemented, they may be very powerful and have positive effects in the regions in which they are inserted, whether within the reach of a dip in Lisbon or even the 30 meters deep, in Portimão, Algarve.