An extremely interesting submerged reality took on the bottom of the seas in Portimão, far from the diving schools in Lisbon , the paper Público reported . Four Navy ships are now the background to the Ocean Revival underwater park and would be the comfortable home of several species of snails, octopuses, mackerels and other fish and mollusks. Moreover, ships continue to be a massive attraction for hundreds of divers from various countries.
One year after being trashed, under the watchful eye of many dive school instructors in Lisbon and throughout the country, Navy boats - a corvette, sea patrol, frigate and oceanographic vessel - now have the mission of to host the marine life - flora and fauna - of the area and also to constitute 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 the 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 rest.
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 here 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.
But other species have already been spotted close to the ships, especially moonfish, crow fish, lilies and even small dolphins. Proof that individual doesn't always impact character in a negative manner and when interventions have been well arranged and executed, they can be quite effective and have positive effects in the areas where they are inserted, whether within the reach of a dive in Lisbon or the 30 meters deep, in Portimão, Algarve.