The crew managed to carefully pass through the dangerous hydrogen sulfide wall thanks to their state-of-the-art submarine. As they descended to the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, everyone’s excitement levels began to rise. Branson, Cousteau, and Bergman were focused and prepared for what they might encounter. This was an especially important event for the group’s veteran diver, Fabien Cousteau, who finally had a chance to expand on his grandfather’s legacy.
The world was watching as the crew got closer and closer to the bottom. They began to see the ground finally and were planning on clearing up the mysteries that the Great Blue Hole held. They were the first people to ever reach this depth and were planning on going all the way. At this point, the group knew that it was highly unlikely to find any living thing at the bottom. There was simply no chance that anything could have survived the descent through the thick hydrogen sulfide wall.
An Entire Civilization, Gone
The Mayans were the original inhabitants of Belize and its surrounding areas. They lived and thrived for many years but mysteriously began disappearing and immigrating away from their homes. For many years, archaeologists, historians, and scientists couldn’t explain why. Some believed that it had something to do with war, while others blamed the phenomena on overpopulation. While these explanations made sense at the time, recent discoveries proved that they could not be true. One possible answer was that the Great Blue Hole might have played a part in it.
Samples gathered from the walls of the Great Blue Hole initially surprised the researchers. They found out that there were extremely low levels of titanium and aluminum on these rocks. These two elements are usually found on rocks after tropical storms. What this meant was that the Mayans could have been wiped out due to a terrible drought that lasted many centuries. They had millions of mouths to feed, and drought was just a reason for them to immigrate. Despite the magnitude of this discovery, what researchers found at the bottom was of even greater importance.
Submerged Death Trap
Towards the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, Branson, Cousteau, and Bergman were shocked to discover a deadly death trap. The wall in front of them was filled with a 20-foot thick layer of hydrogen sulfide, enough to kill any creature that came in contact with it. This was one of the reasons why Fabien’s legendary grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, never dared to dive there. Luckily for the team, they were submerged inside one of the world’s most advanced submarines.
The team paved its way through countless numbers of dead sea creatures. This was a horrible graveyard of crabs, conchs, and other creatures that had the misfortune of slamming into the hydrogen sulfide wall. The horrified team live-streamed the entire ordeal, not knowing what they were going to find. As they delved even deeper into the lower layers, they were about to find something that horrified them more than anything they’d seen up to that point.
A Shocking Discovery
Forms began to appear on the floor of the Great Blue Hole as their flashlights lit it up. They began seeing weird shapes and shadows on the ground, almost man-like in their substance. What they saw, along with millions of viewers, made them disgusted and terrified. What was found at the bottom of the mythical Great Blue Hole after so many years was not Mayan sculptures or incredibly natural vistas. It was garbage, human garbage. Tons and tons of junk and waste, and mostly non-degradable plastic products.
The group was visibly horrified to find mountains of empty bottles, plastic bags, and other man-made non-degradable materials polluting the bottom of the ocean. These were death traps to living creatures, and although no living thing was found there — there is a good chance that these objects killed many curious creatures on their way down. At this point, most of the mystery was gone. What was once an exciting and unknown mission led to one of their biggest disappointments. Although their underwater mission was ending, for Richard Branson, the real mission had just begun.
The True Threat Lurking Inside Oceans
While the expedition into the Great Blue Hole was meant to uncover mysteries of the ocean, it ended up being a reminder of our own faults and misbehavior. There were no giant mythical sea monsters at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, only a reminder of how much pollution we cause as humans. Richard Branson, who was already an avid environmentalist, took this opportunity to pursue his mission with even more vigor and urgency.
The multi-billionaire business mogul had partnered with Ocean Unite, a conglomerate of conservationists from many different disciplines and professions. They had been actively promoting awareness of the importance of conserving our blue oceans. Mankind has wreaked havoc on these aquatic areas in the last century. A large percentage of the fish population has gone extinct during that time, while countless tons of non-degradable waste has been sent to the bottom of the ocean. It rots there and pollutes the waters, killing fish through suffocation and accidental trapping every second of the day.