An extremely interesting submerged reality took on the bottom of the seas in Portimão, far from the diving schools in Lisbon , the newspaper Público reported . Four Navy ships are now the background to the Ocean Revival underwater park and would be the cozy home of several species of snails, octopuses, mackerels and other fish and mollusks. In addition, ships are a massive attraction for countless sailors from various countries.
One year after being trashed, under the watchful eye of many dive school instructors in Lisbon and across the country, Navy ships - a corvette, sea patrol, frigate and oceanographic boat - now have the mission of to host the marine life - flora and fauna - of the area and also to make up a lucrative tourist attraction.
Underwater Park of Portimão welcomes many diving fans from Lisbon and the entire nation.
Opened by the end of October 2012, the underwater park is located 30 meters deep, where pontificam dozens 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 is no longer possible to distinguish the original color of these ships. The boats were organized in such a way as to ease the entry of professional divers and pupils from diving schools in Lisbon.
It should be recalled that the average time of stay at 30 meters doesn't exceed 40 minutes, which suggests a few visits for a complete knowledge of the vessels. The creation of a complete ecosystem in the area of ships turned into a matter of months. The mussels which 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, fish and shellfish species
Only in the Zambezi are far over two dozen distinct species attracted by the larvae that were being sent from one vessel to another. The underwater park is acting as an artificial reef, which can help to boost biodiversity in that region. Just 'Oliveira e Carmo' is home to 22 species, such as sea bream, porpoise, porpoise and barnacles. And others known to the public.
However, other species have been seen near the ships, particularly moonfish, crow fish, shellfish and even small dolphins. Evidence that man does not always affect nature in a negative way and that, when interventions are well planned and implemented, they may be very powerful and have favorable consequences in the regions in which they're inserted, if within the range of a dip in Lisbon or here even the 30 meters deep, in Portimão, Algarve.