The first-ever underwater museum in Sri Lanka was opened off Galle harbour, on July 10.
The underwater museum built off the Sandy Bay beach was constructed by the Navy under the close supervision of the Navy Commander. This is expected to catch the attraction of both local and foreign tourists.
All statues placed here have been handmade by naval personnel and these unique sculptures have been produced from concrete and eco-friendly materials. The site will promote the formation of corals which will be an added beauty to the site with the passage of time. The whole underwater story has been set at a depth of around 60ft within an area of 150ft length and 85ft width, closer to Sandy Bay beach area providing a unique sightseeing experience for anyone who swim or dive in this area.
The main aim of this project is to promote the regeneration of corals and fish breeding. It is very encouraging to see that the fish breeding has already started at this underwater museum site. By the next season, it is certain that tourists will be able to dive in this area. However, the fishery community is advised not to engage in fishing at this site during the initial stage, as once fish breeding to take place the fishers could reap its maximum benefits in the future.
Addressing the opening, the Navy Commander expressed his thanks to Commander Eastern Naval Area, Naval personnel of Command Diving Unit and other officers and sailors of the command for playing a commendable role during the construction of this mega project.
Further, another underwater museum of this nature is planned to be constructed in Tangalle area in the future.
(Excerpts & pics : navy.lk)