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December 1, 2010

Belize - Underwater Sinkhole


This natural wonder was declared one of the top ten scuba diving spots in the world by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Jacques-Yves Cousteau measured the depth of this submerged sinkhole to be 125 meters. Stalactite samples show that the Great Blue Hole has been around for at least 150,000 years. This natural phenomenon was created as caves collapsed from rising ocean levels.

The Great Blue Hole is located at approximately 100 km (62 miles) off the coast of Belize where sinkholes are well known. Since the discovery of this giant sea hole, this site has been a popular tourist attraction for recreational scuba diving. There are diverse species of fish and other marine creatures inhabiting this specially formed area along with the nearby reefs.







Scuba photos by Robert Scales.

8 comments:

S said...

the scenery in Belize is breathtaking

I'm Dustee said...

What beautiful images.

A Hermit said...

Wow, that looks really cool, there must be lots of fish lurking in the deep parts

IDDQD said...

Intriguingly beautiful!

David Davidson said...

As much as I want to go diving in that I probably can't because of my lung (which could recollapse, no more SCUBA diving for me i_i) and I'm kind of scared by that.

Still, really awesome looking though.

Das Auto! said...

this would be incredible to see in person! sometimes nature throws us curveballs

KillerKun said...

Awesome place for swimming!

Mac said...

Hi Dude,

This natural wonder was declared one of the top ten scuba diving spots in the world. The great blue hole is a part of the larger Belize barrier reef reserve system. It is a popular spot among recreational scuba divers, who are lured by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the blacktip shark. Thanks a lot....

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