It’s not always necessary to head for the ocean to snorkel or scuba dive with exotic saltwater fish. Bonneville Seabase, an inland ocean five miles northwest of Grantsville on Highway 138, celebrates more than 20 years of operation this year.

The popular facility has received several improvements to make the experience even more enjoyable for divers and visitors. The oceanic wonderland is available by appointment Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After several years of growth, many of Bonneville Seabase’s resident fish have become enormous.

Besides the thrill of scuba diving or snorkeling just below the scenic Stansbury Mountains, Bonneville Seabase’s unique saltwater thrives with abundant marine life. Easily seen are Damsels, Lookdown Jacks, Puffers and Pompanos. There’s also Angel Fish, Groupers, Grunts, Jacks, Tangs, Rabbit fish—and our resident nurse sharks, one of which is over eight-feet long.

For more information about snorkeling or scuba diving in the desert, call (435) 884-3874 or visit www.seabase.net.

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