An expedition begins off the coast of Florida, in the United States of America, next month, to explore a mysterious blue hole extending up to 130 meters below the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
And next month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will explore this mysterious rift, an underwater crater referred to as the "blue hole", for the first time, according to the British newspaper "Daily Mail".
The contents of this blue hole are still somewhat mysterious as well as their frequency and typical location, and its depth and structure can make access difficult, NOAA writes: "The blue hole can be several hundred feet deep underwater, For many holes, the hole is too small to be automatically immersed. "
In fact, the first reports of blue holes did not come from scientists or researchers, but in fact they came from hunters and amateur divers.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that the year-long campaign will take place in August and will explore a 130-meter deep blue crater known as green bananas, located 47 meters below the surface.
The team will include scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory, the Florida Atlantic University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the American Geological Society, and while the content remains a mystery until the end of the campaign, previous studies have shown that it can contain a variety of biological life.
The blue hole, located about 30 miles from Sarasota known as the 'Amberjack Hole', was discovered in 2019, and the first explorers found two Solomon species, a small sawfish, an endangered species, and a 3.5-meter-long shark.
In addition to looking for new signs of life, scientists are also looking to open up more detail on how sink holes formed in the first place, and according to NOAA, researchers will investigate to see if ocean floor flooding is linked to groundwater intrusion in Florida.