A team of explorers finally solved one of the world’s great marine mysteries. They dived to the bottom of the Belize Blue Hole to know what’s in there. The Belize Blue Hole, also known as the Great Blue Hole, is one of the most iconic dive spots in the country.
Numerous explorers, divers, and travelers have been fascinated by The Belize Blue Hole for a long time. To know what’s at the bottom, Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau, and a team of ocean scientists took part in the expedition.
Branson shared the experience on a blog post:
“The ocean is so critical to all of us, and we want to do all we can to protect it. Upon arriving in Belize, we met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and had a really good discussion.
We spoke about protecting 10 percent of Belize waters – a wonderful first step towards 30 percent. We also urged Belize to ban gill nets, which are known as the Wall of Death and do so much damage to marine ecosystems.”
The Great Blue Hole is almost perfectly circular in shape, measuring 300 meters (984 feet) across and 125 meters (410 feet) deep. It is located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) offshore of Belize City.
“But when we got to the bottom we could see crabs, conches and other creatures that had fallen into the hole, arrived on the bottom and then ran out of oxygen and di ed.”
British diver and author Ned Middleton created the actual name of “The Great Blue Hole” after having lived in Belize for six months. He was so impressed with this natural feature that he reasoned in his book “Ten Years Underwater” that if Australia could have “The Great Barrier Reef” then Belize could equally have “The Great Blue Hole” – thus setting this feature apart from similar, although lesser in size, structures.
Branson further noted:
“As for the mythical monsters of the deep? Well, the real monsters facing the ocean are climate change – and plastic. Sadly, we saw plastic bottles at the bottom of the hole, which is a real scourge of the ocean.”
Watch the video here:
— Discovery (@Discovery) December 2, 2018
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