This incredible vista has been dubbed “The Blue Hole of Belize.” It is a beautiful landmark and has been rumored to hide some very dark secrets.
The blue hole appears as if it were a portal into the abyss, perhaps going as far down as any submarine can go. This larger-than-life location has been the source of much discussion.
The Beginning of a Wonderful Adventure
Recently, a group of scientists and conservationists decided to tackle the challenge. The group was led by Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire business mogul and owner of the Virgin brand, and Jacques Cousteau’s explorer grandson, Fabien Cousteau, an aquanaut, ocean conservationist, and documentary filmmaker.
In 2018, the group set out to explore the abyss and map its properties for the first time in history. What they discovered at the bottom of this piece of nature will shock and amaze you.
Journey to the Caribbean
Fabien Cousteau is the grandson of renowned French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He has been a scuba diver since the young age of four and collaborated with National Geographic numerous times to help change the public's view on sharks. Throughout his career, Fabien discovered many incredible things and explored various depths that many would not dare venture into.
Despite the explorer's vast experience, his most exciting mission was just about to begin. Fabien was about to embark on an exploration of the legendary Great Blue Hole. This mythical vista is located on the west coast of the Caribbean Sea, just next to the Central American nation of Belize. Nobody had ventured into it yet, which meant that it was potentially the most dangerous mission of his life.
An Incredible Ecosystem
The blue miracle that is the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible natural phenomena that can be found on Earth’s oceans. It is a large part of what is referred to as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. This reef starts from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and stretches all the way to Honduras, making it almost the largest reef of this kind in the world. It is second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Clearly an incredible view for tourists and visitors, this area also holds terrible secrets which have yet to be explored or even discovered.
The father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, also sailed these oceans in 1842. Upon traveling the Belize Barrier Reef, Darwin famously claimed that it was “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.” The famous ‘Great Blue Hole’ stands just at the center of the reef, challenging visitors to come to visit it at their peril.
Promising Yet Dangerous Depths
What attracts men and women to carry out this dangerous mission is the thing at the center of the Great Blue Hole. This dark blue circle stares at you like an eye, inviting you into the abyss. For years, mankind has been fascinated with the ocean and its depths, imagining mythical creatures and vast treasures hiding at its bottom, and these explorers were about to dive straight into it. Nobody had any idea what would they would find there, and the speculations ranged from an elaborate natural illusion to the mythical giant octopus, the Kraken.
The depths of the Great Blue Hole have been estimated at over 400 feet, making it even deeper down than the lengths of two Boeing 747 airplanes. Divers all across the world have attempted to see what’s at the bottom, but nobody has come even close. There are actually steep requirements for anyone who wants to go there, as divers must complete at least 24 dives before being allowed to take the plunge.