Shocking discovery in the Gulf of Mexico: An underwater lake that can kill you


The term Jacuzzi might conjure up an object of pleasure, after all who doesn’t like relaxing in its bubbling warm water. But this Jacuzzi existing deep in the sea bed of the Gulf of Mexico is very different. This underwater lake can kill you and is rightly named the “Jacuzzi of Despair.”

In yet another mystery of the deep, scientists have discovered an undersea brine lake which is inhospitable for all life. The pool of brine water is so super salty that it kills anything that comes in contact with it.

1 An Underwater Toxic Lake Floating At the Bottom of the Sea

Rightly named the “Jacuzzi of Despair,” the high level of saline brine waters of the Undersea lake, located in the Gulf of New Mexico, just a day’s travel from New Orleans is baffling marine scientists for its toxic nature. Sea creature namely benthic crabs, small marine life and fish wandering within its interiors are killed immediately.

The pool which is circular in shape features a circumference that is 100 feet wide and just 12 feet deep. The amazing factor of such a phenomenon is that it exists 3300 feet below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The underwater brine lake has more than five times the salinity levels of normal sea water. It is so dense or thick that the pool actually rests on the bottom of the sea bed, forming a cauldron of deadly toxins like hydrogen sulfide and methane gas which does not dissolve in the water.

Jacuzzi of Despair

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2 A Death Trap for Marine Life

This undersea lake will kill you if you as much as set foot in it. It is a death trap for marine life wandering into it and is also part of a brine river that flows in the same vicinity. Scientists state that its formation was a result of sea water entering into fissures on the sea bed and mixing with salt formations in the sub sea regions. The solution was then forced up by methane gas present within the sea floor.

Erik Cordes, the Discoverer of the undersea killer lake felt it was one of the most amazing discoveries of the deep. A Biology Professor at the Temple University who was busy studying deep sea corals of Mexico Cordes first discovered the undersea killer Jacuzzi in 2014 with the help of an underwater remote controlled bot named Hercules. The team members were astonished to find such phenomena existing in the sea bed and in 2015 went back again for an in-depth study on its composition.

Erik Cordes, the Discoverer of the undersea killer lake

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3 An Amazing Sight at the Bottom of the Sea Floor

Cordes along with another scientist and a pilot descended into the deep using Alvin, a three person special research submarine. In his own words “You go down into the bottom of the ocean and you are looking at a lake or a river flowing. It feels like you are not on this world.”

It took almost an hour to descend to the depths of the ocean floor near the position of the lake. Cordes described it as a pool which was colored red, white and black. It was a fantastic sight he remarked as it was placed atop a slope over which the brine cascaded like a waterfall.

Amazing Sight at the Bottom of the Sea Floo

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4 Dead Animals All Along the Rim of the Undersea Lake

This underwater lake can kill and that’s what Cordes observed. All along the rim of the dead pool, Cordes noticed a number of dead marine life mainly crabs and fish. He also noticed giant sized Mussels with bacteria present in their gills. These were feeding on the deadly chemicals present in the pool. Even more amazing were tube worms and shrimps which had adapted to the chemicals in the pool. After collecting samples and applying thorough research to the nature of the subsea lake, Cordes published his findings in the journal Oceanography.

It seems Alien worlds aren’t just the prerogative of space alien. The oceans are also home to inhospitable mysteries and fantastic phenomena yet to be discovered and the “Jacuzzi of Despair” is one of them.

Dead Animals All Along the Rim of the Undersea Lake

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