Birds flying towards the Atlantic Ocean while one straggler looks on at Nags Head, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Once the ship is completely in the lock and gate is closed, the water level is reduced to match the other side. The other gate is then opened and the tugboats guide the ship from the Panama Canal onto open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Panama is well-known for its canal that provides a connection between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Miraflores is the name of one of the three locks that form part of the Panama Canal, and the name of the small lake that separates these locks from the Pedro Miguel Locks upstream. In the Miraflores locks, vessels are lifted (or lowered) 54 feet in two stages, allowing them to transit to or from the Pacific Ocean port of Balboa in Panama City.
Miraflores Locks in Panama Canal
A visitors center allows tourists to have a full view of the Miraflores locks operation.