An extremely interesting underwater reality took over the bottom of the seas in Portimão, far from the diving schools in Lisbon , the newspaper Público reported . Four Navy ships are now the backdrop to the Ocean Revival underwater park and would be the cozy home of many species of snails, octopuses, mackerels and additional fish and mollusks. Ships are a huge attraction for hundreds of divers from several nations.
1 year after being trashed, under the watchful eye of several dive school teachers in Lisbon and throughout the country, Navy boats - a corvette, sea patrol, frigate and oceanographic boat - now have the mission of to host the marine life - fauna and flora - of the area and also to make up a lucrative tourist attraction.
Underwater Park of Portimão welcomes many diving enthusiasts from Lisbon and the entire nation.
Opened by 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 way in symbiosis with all the boats it is no longer possible to distinguish the initial color of these ships. The vessels were arranged in such a way as to facilitate the entrance of specialist divers and students from diving schools in Lisbon.
It should be remembered that the average time of stay at 30 meters doesn't exceed 40 minutes, which suggests a few visits for a full knowledge of these vessels. The invention of a comprehensive ecosystem in the area of sunken ships was a matter of months. The mussels which were attached to the hooves attracted the octopuses and the sea currents did the rest.
The four sunken ships now house dozens of marine fish, shellfish and fish species
Just in the Zambezi are there more than two dozen distinct species brought on from the larvae that were being sent from 1 vessel to another. The underwater park is acting as an artificial reef, which can help to boost biodiversity in that area. Only 'Oliveira e Carmo' is home to 22 species, including sea bream, porpoise, porpoise and barnacles. And others less known to the public.
But other species have already been seen near the ships, particularly moonfish, crow fish, shellfish and perhaps even small dolphins. Evidence that man doesn't always impact nature in a negative way and get more info when interventions have been well planned and implemented, they may be very effective and have positive effects in the areas in which they're inserted, whether more info within the reach of a dip in Lisbon or even the 30 meters deep, in Portimão, Algarve.