Scientists Reveal What Are the Mysterious Footprints of the Bottom of the Great Blue Hole

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Few weeks ago, an expedition revealed what was in one of the most mysterious points of the planet: now, you know what causes the greatest enigma in the area

The Great Blue Hole is, without any doubt, one of the most mysterious places in the world . It is the largest sink on the planet, located about 100 kilometers away from the coast of Belize, which is 300 meters wide and 123 meters deep. To date, it had not been explored, until an expedition decided to investigate the secrets it kept: now, scientists reveal what hides the greatest enigma found in the area.

That expedition was carried out by the multimillionaire Richard Branson and by Fabien Cousteau , grandson of the famous diver Jacques Cousteau , one of those responsible for putting on the map such an incredible area. It was at the beginning of this 2019 when the experts managed to enter the Great Blue Hole, where they managed to develop the first three-dimensional map of the area and where they came to light much of the enigmas that hides today.

Stalactites, a layer of hydrogen sulfide and several previously unknown species are the main discoveries that were made. However, another element greatly disconcerted the researchers, unable to understand what they mean: from the hand of a high-resolution sonar, the expedition was able to reach the bottom of the sinkhole, where they found a series of mysterious footprints for the I had no explanation.

Was it a series of tracks created by some type of mammal that had not been seen? By way of footprints, the collective imaginary soon began to begin with the conspiracy theories and to speculate on the possibility that these marks had been produced by some large animal . A few weeks after the expedition reports, scientists shed light on what the footprints are: and it is less mysterious and more heartbreaking than previously thought.

Those marks of the bottom of the Great Blue Hole are not a sign of life, as one might think at first, but it is a sign of death . And is that scientists believe that these prints are created by living beings that fall to the seabed in the moments before his death. But how is this possible? Erika Bergman , head of the expedition’s submariners, explains that the seabed could be considered a large conch shell.

Bergman explains that it is a common area in which shells develop their lives and that, in many cases, end up falling accidentally by the edge of the Great Blue Hole. Once there, his death is a matter of hours: the water inside the sump is anoxic , that is, the dissolved oxygen that he should have is exhausted, so that the conches end up suffocating until they end in the bottom, leaving the brands in their last moments of life .

No loophole in the hole

“We can see how the conches have come to leave small traces in the side walls of the Great Blue Hole trying to escape, then a slip mark is observed that confirms that it ended up falling down after, presumably, suffocating in the anoxic environment” , confirms Bergman in his blog. When they reach the bottom, their own weight and the movement of the water ends up burying them, but in many cases the footprint remains.

In this way, experts conclude that the famous footprints of the seabed are not the result of a strange unknown sea monster. In fact, they insist that the only monster they managed to find on the seabed was the human being : how? Remains of plastic bottles in one of the most remote and impossible to access places in the world. “The real monsters facing the ocean are climate change and plastic,” explains Branson.

 

Source: El Confidencial