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Europe's First Underwater Museum Opens

Jason deCaires Taylor(Lanzarote, SPAIN) -- Europe's first underwater art museum opened Tuesday. The Museo Atlántico of Lanzarote features the work of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.

Located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain, and 45 feet deep, the project took two years to complete.

The museum's official website states that the project was conceived in order to "promote education and preserve and protect the marine and natural environment."

The exhibits themselves are meant to further this goal; Since the first installations were placed in February, the area has seen a significant increase in sea life, including angel sharks, barracuda, sardines, octopi and marine sponges.

The intention is for the installation to become a large artificial reef.

The new installations include a 100-foot-long wall, a sculpture of a botanic garden that represents the local flora and fauna and a set of 200 life-sized human figures.

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