Towards the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, Branson, Cousteau, and Bergman were shocked to discover a deadly death trap. The wall in front of them was filled with a 20-foot thick layer of hydrogen sulfide, enough to kill any creature that came in contact with it. This was one of the reasons why Fabien’s legendary grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, never dared to dive there. Luckily for the team, they were submerged inside one of the world’s most advanced submarines.
The team paved its way through countless numbers of dead sea creatures. This was a horrible graveyard of crabs, conchs, and other creatures that had the misfortune of slamming into the hydrogen sulfide wall. The horrified team live-streamed the entire ordeal, not knowing what they were going to find. As they delved even deeper into the lower layers, they were about to find something that horrified them more than anything they’d seen up to that point.
Historical Evidence in the Cave’s Walls
Even before the three brave explorers went on a mission, another team of researchers had already done some investigating of their own. What these experts found was the potential answer to a huge historical mystery and would help explain the incredible findings of Sir Richard Branson, Erika Bergman, and Fabien Cousteau many years later. The earlier team of explorers consisted of researchers from Louisiana State University and Rice University. They were tasked with trying to figure out what chemical compositions could be found in the walls of the Great Blue Hole.
You see, many thousands of years ago, there was a civilization in Belize that went extinct for unknown reasons. The team believed that there was a relationship between their disappearance and the Great Blue Hole. They were looking for geological evidence to provide a correlation between the two phenomena. The Great Blue Hole could be traced back to about 1000 CE, which coincided with the decline of the Belizean civilizations there. These researchers happened to discover exactly what they were looking for.
An Entire Civilization, Gone
The Mayans were the original inhabitants of Belize and its surrounding areas. They lived and thrived for many years but mysteriously began disappearing and immigrating away from their homes. For many years, archaeologists, historians, and scientists couldn’t explain why. Some believed that it had something to do with war, while others blamed the phenomena on overpopulation. While these explanations made sense at the time, recent discoveries proved that they could not be true. One possible answer was that the Great Blue Hole might have played a part in it.
Samples gathered from the walls of the Great Blue Hole initially surprised the researchers. They found out that there were extremely low levels of titanium and aluminum on these rocks. These two elements are usually found on rocks after tropical storms. What this meant was that the Mayans could have been wiped out due to a terrible drought that lasted many centuries. They had millions of mouths to feed, and drought was just a reason for them to immigrate. Despite the magnitude of this discovery, what researchers found at the bottom was of even greater importance.
Almost Hit Rock Bottom
The crew managed to carefully pass through the dangerous hydrogen sulfide wall thanks to their state-of-the-art submarine. As they descended to the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, everyone’s excitement levels began to rise. Branson, Cousteau, and Bergman were focused and prepared for what they might encounter. This was an especially important event for the group’s veteran diver, Fabien Cousteau, who finally had a chance to expand on his grandfather’s legacy.
The world was watching as the crew got closer and closer to the bottom. They began to see the ground finally and were planning on clearing up the mysteries that the Great Blue Hole held. They were the first people to ever reach this depth and were planning on going all the way. At this point, the group knew that it was highly unlikely to find any living thing at the bottom. There was simply no chance that anything could have survived the descent through the thick hydrogen sulfide wall.
A Shocking Discovery
Forms began to appear on the floor of the Great Blue Hole as their flashlights lit it up. They began seeing weird shapes and shadows on the ground, almost man-like in their substance. What they saw, along with millions of viewers, made them disgusted and terrified. What was found at the bottom of the mythical Great Blue Hole after so many years was not Mayan sculptures or incredibly natural vistas. It was garbage, human garbage. Tons and tons of junk and waste, and mostly non-degradable plastic products.
The group was visibly horrified to find mountains of empty bottles, plastic bags, and other man-made non-degradable materials polluting the bottom of the ocean. These were death traps to living creatures, and although no living thing was found there — there is a good chance that these objects killed many curious creatures on their way down. At this point, most of the mystery was gone. What was once an exciting and unknown mission led to one of their biggest disappointments. Although their underwater mission was ending, for Richard Branson, the real mission had just begun.