There is a deadly lake of super-salty water at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It can kill any unfortunate creature that happens to wander in — be it a crab, fish or human.
Known as the “Jacuzzi of Despair,” the brine pool is about 100 feet in circumference and about 12 feet deep. The crater-like structure, which lies nearly 3,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf, contains water four or five times saltier than the sea. The inhospitable pool also produces highly toxic concentrations of methane and hydrogen sulfide, which don't mix with the seawater.
A biology professor researching coral accidentally discovered the so-called Jacuzzi back in 2014.
“It was one of the most amazing things in the deep sea,” said Erik Cordes, associate professor at Temple University, who discovered the site. “You go down into the bottom of the ocean and you are looking at a lake or a river flowing. It feels like you are not on this world.”
He, with the help of his colleagues, researched the pool and described his findings in the journal Oceanography.
Find out more in the video above.