(OCEANS) Today, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and the major role they have in everyday life. Not only are they are a major source of oxygen, food, and medicine, but they are a critical part of the biosphere.

The main purpose of World Oceans Day is to educate the public on the impact that human actions have on our oceans, while developing a worldwide movement for sustainable management.

There are over 300 life-sized sculptures made from neutral PH materials at Museo Atlantico in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. Photo Credit: Museo Atlantico

In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invite you to explore the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean with this 360° virtual reality tour from a diver’s point of view.

A unique collaboration between Barceló Hotel Group and Museo Atlantico in Lanzarote has made it possible to visit Europe’s first underwater museum, located over 12 meters below the surface in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Created by British artist and ecologist, Jason deCaires Taylor, the museum itself has attracted so much vibrant marine life since it’s initial build in 2016, the number of species has increased by over 300 percent.

The number of species at Museo Atlantico have increased by over 300 percent since its launch in January 2017. Photo Credit: Museo Atlantico

You’ll experience an artificial reef, which serves to protect and preserve the local marine life, along with 10 inspiring art installations with over 300 life-sized sculptures–all made from neutral PH materials.

Each sculpture tells their own captivating story and reflects different modern perspectives that provoke reflection and challenge environmental, social, and global issues, like the refugee crises, selfie culture, as well as closed-boarder policies and other cultural divides taking place around the world.

Take a look at this thought-provoking project in video clip below and discover the enticing stories behind the museum and its incredible artwork. The tour serves as a great reminder of the amazing life that exists far beneath the surface of our oceans.

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