Divers Make Disturbing Discovery After Finally Reaching Bottom Of Great Blue Hole

A group of divers made a chilling discovery after finally reaching the bottom of the Great Blue Hole.
Credit: Alamy

A group of divers made a disturbing discovery after finally reaching the bottom of a deep hole in the ocean.

The Great Blue Hole is an enormous marine sinkhole in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Belize and it’s one of the country’s top attractions.

It was originally formed as a limestone cave during the last glacial period, which was a time when the sea levels were much lower, as per Atlas Obscura.

The huge sinkhole is reportedly located just 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the coast of Belize and researchers believe it is the largest of its kind.

After several years of the site being shrouded in mystery, divers finally made it to the bottom of the Great Blue Hole.

However, the group made some rather alarming findings when they reached the bottom.

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For several years, divers were left frustrated by the natural wonder as they were unable to explore due to not having the correct equipment.

But that all changed when billionaire Richard Branson, 73, was made aware of the curious sea location.

Branson, who is the founder of Virgin, embarked on one hell of an expedition to the hole back in 2018 – alongside the crew Aquatica Submarines.

They aimed to create a 3D map of the sinkhole’s interior but when they reached the bottom they were confronted with a chilling sight.

As well as reportedly discovering plastic bottles and a long-lost GoPro camera, the team of divers also found two human bodies in the sinkhole – it’s believed they were two of the three divers who were lost in the Great Blue Hole during a previous expedition.

Richard Branson
Richard Branson embarked on an expedition to explore the Great Blue Hole. Credit: Alamy

The grim finding was reported to the Belize government, according to the New York Post.

Erika Bergman, who was on the expedition, said in an interview at the time: “We found the resting place of a couple [of] folks, and we very respectfully let the Belize government know where we found them.

“Everyone decided that we would just not attempt any recovery. It’s very dark and peaceful down there, just kind of let them stay.”

Great Blue Hole
Divers made a disturbing discovery at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole. Credit: Alamy

Fortunately for the team, the trip wasn’t all doom and gloom as they happened to find a cave that scientists theorise could be from the last Ice Age – which ended about 14,000 years ago.

With the use of a submersible vehicle, the expedition team delved further into the depths of the hole and came across a large amount of caves which were filled with hanging stalactites.

Stalactites are icicle-shaped deposits that form when water dissolves overlying limestone and ‘then re-deposits calcium carbonate along the ceilings or floors of underlying caves’, as per the National Park Service.

Scientists believe that the cave may have flooded and collapsed as the Ice Age ended and that the sea levels began to rise – leaving behind the hole that we see today.

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Speaking out about his expedition in a blog post with Virgin, Branston wrote: “I’d seen the iconic photos of the famous Blue Hole but hadn’t realised just how stunningly beautiful it was.

“As for the mythical monsters of the deep? Well, the real monsters facing the ocean are climate change and plastic.

“We saw plastic bottles at the bottom of the hole, which is a real scourge of the ocean.

“We’ve got to get rid of single-use plastic. The ocean is so critical to all of us and we want to protect it.”

People have since taken to social media and shared their horror at how the site has already been by damaged by humans despite its location.

“Anyone want to explore the Blue Hole with me? Oh wait, humans have already ruined it,” one person wrote.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.