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There is a hole in the ocean and scientists have yet to find the bottom

A team of oceanographers from several Mexican institutions say the Taam Ja’ Blue Hole (TJBH) is the deepest in the world.

It is located in Chetumal Bay on the southern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, and so far researchers have not found the bottom.

However, they do know that it is more than 100 meters deeper than the previous record holder, the South China Sea Dragon Hole, which ends at 301 meters below sea level.

The seemingly bottomless pit off the coast of Mexico is so deep that sound cannot even bounce off the bottom. Experts say this is unusual because sound generally travels well in water.

It was discovered in 2021 and was initially thought to be about 275 meters deep. In December 2023, scientists dropped an anchored research vessel into the TJBH.

All 500 meters of cable rolled out and the device still had not found the bottom. TJBHIt descends at a small angle, causing the ship to stop at approximately 420 meters.

Changes in water conditions were detected at the 400 meter mark, suggesting the hole could have a tunnel connected to the Caribbean Sea.

The blue hole is located in an area full of water-filled sinkholes, hidden caves and underwater rivers.

Researchers hope to go back and measure it again, but for now the bottom “has not yet been reached,” they write in a recently published article.

In a forthcoming study, scientists write that they hope to map the hole’s “maximum depth” and explore the possibility that the hole is “part of an intricate and potentially interconnected underwater system of caves and tunnels,” which could be a treasure trove could be of information.

“Within the depths of TJBH may also lie a biodiversity worthy of exploration,” they write.

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