Scientists descend on mysterious 'blue hole' in United States

Scientists descend on mysterious 'blue hole' in United States

In August 2020 and May 2021, a second deeper location, Green Banana, will be explored. This mystery hole that even glows is around 155 feet below the surface of the water and it is a lot like the sinkholes that can be found on solid land.

The organisation said there are countless blue holes scattered across Florida's Gulf continental shelf.

© Provided by CBS News A diver's view looking up to the opening of Amberjack Hole.

"It was more like word of mouth. these divers would go out and try to find it, and they had plenty of days where they didn't find anything and other days where, 'Eureka!" It was found, according to the researchers themselves, at the bottom of the hole. One of the animals was subsequently recovered to undergo a necropsy.

Tales of the ocean swallowing places are as ancient as the myth of Atlantis, but there is an element of truth in the science, according to researchers launching a deep-sea expedition in Florida's Gulf Coast.

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The site, dubbed the "Green Banana", has been a hot topic for scientists and deep-sea explorers who've been hoping for a glimpse of the phenomenon from afar.

Mostly existing in the form of vertical caves, blue holes can sometimes comprise hundreds of meters long, horizontal cave formations that extend like "arms" from vertical caves. The deceased sawfish were intact enough to be collected for research, and Mote scientists quickly reported the discovery to NOAA and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and obtained the required permit for collection of one of the sawfish, a male measuring an impressive 12 feet long.

"Blue holes, that have been noticed by sailors and recreational sailors, are" varied biological communities filled with marine life, such as corals, sponges, mollusks, sea turtles, snakes, and much more", in accordance with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, that co-sponsored the dives.

NOAA said in a statement: "Little is known about blue holes due to their lack of accessibility and unknown distribution and abundance". The configuration of the hole is somewhat hourglass shaped, creating new challenges for the lander deployment and water sampling.

Researchers are interested in studying the seawater chemistry in the holes for its unique qualities.

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