Deep under the Gulf of Mexico, researchers have discovered one of the strangest – and most deadly – places on Earth. In effect, it’s an enormous trap, and anything that enters it is almost guaranteed to perish. This is a weird, almost alien place, yet it’s just a boat ride away from the shores of America.
Imagine a river running under the ocean and ending in a deep pool that’s surrounded by the corpses of giant crabs which have wandered to their untimely deaths. Although it sounds like something from a science-fiction film, it’s very real. What’s more, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the hostility of life beneath the waves.
The lake was first discovered in 2014 by an unmanned submarine, and scientists have recently returned to the bizarre location to find out more about it. Moreover, the research they’re conducting won’t just help us understand more about our own planet. There’s also a chance that it could be used to find out more about alien worlds.