An extremely interesting underwater reality took on the base 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 other fish and mollusks. In addition, ships are a massive attraction for countless sailors from several nations.
1 year after being trashed, under the watchful eye of several dive school teachers in Lisbon and throughout the nation, Navy boats - 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 enthusiasts from Lisbon and the entire nation.
Opened by the end of October 2012, the underwater park is situated 30 meters deep, where pontificam dozens of oysters, barnacles, porkfish, sea bream and sea bass. The surrounding fauna and flora are in such a way in symbiosis with the boats it's no longer feasible 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 here 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 sunken ships turned into 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 algae, shellfish and fish species
Just in the Zambezi are far over two dozen distinct species brought on by the larvae that were being sent from one vessel to another. The underwater park is acting as an artificial reef, which is helping 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 spotted close to the ships, especially moonfish, crow fish, lilies and even little dolphins. Proof that man does not always affect character in a negative manner and when interventions have been well arranged and executed, they may be very powerful and have favorable consequences in the areas where they are inserted, whether within the reach of a dive in Lisbon or the 30 meters deep, in Portimão, Algarve.