Sri Lanka opens second underwater museum

Sri Lanka’s second underwater museum has opened, off the Sandy Bay beach in Trincomalee. The island’s first ever underwater museum was inaugurated earlier this year in the Galle Harbour.

The museum was built utilizing the manpower of the Sri Lanka Navy.

All the 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 feature with the passage of time.

The museum has been set at a depth of around 60ft within an area of 150ft length and 85ft width,  providing a unique sightseeing experience for anyone who swims or dive in this area.

The main aim of this project is to promote the regeneration of corals and fish breeding.

The fishery community is advised not to engage in fishing at this site during the initial stage, as once fish breeding takes place the fisherfolk can reap maximum benefits, said the Sri Lanka Navy.

Another underwater museum of this nature is planned to be constructed in Tangalle area in the future.