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Drone dropped to bottom of The Great Blue Hole gets attacked by creature of the deep on way down

Drone dropped to bottom of The Great Blue Hole gets attacked by creature of the deep on way down

The creepy footage captures the sudden shark attack

A drone dropped to the bottom of The Great Blue Hole got attacked by a creature of the deep on its way down.

I know, that sounds like some kind of mystical or eerie location from a film but it’s actually the name of a real marine sinkhole.

Explorer Jacques Cousteau made the site famous and it’s now a popular spot for divers.

But there is some mystery around it, as us humans just seem to have a weird thing for big holes and wanting to get to the bottom of them.

The Great Blue Hole. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)
The Great Blue Hole. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)

In the past, getting down to the bottom has uncovered the remains of two people who died there as well as the likes of a GoPro and plastic waste.

However, truly exploring The Great Blue Hole isn’t so simple. When a pair of submarines headed down there in 2018, they found a bustling aquatic life.

But then at a certain point, everything seems to disappear as at about 90 metres deep, there is a layer of hydrogen sulphide beyond which the water becomes much darker and devoid of life.

The controllers seem a little worried. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)
The controllers seem a little worried. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)

And a YouTube video shows footage captured by a contraption made up of dive weights, lights and a GoPro.

However, one of the main concerns was how the sharks down there would react to the drone. In the clip, the shark can be seen circulating before it suddenly vanishes.

It's a bit of a jumpscare. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)
It's a bit of a jumpscare. (YouTube/Will Mitchell)

And then, in an absolute jump scare it quickly reappears and smashes into the camera.

The drone is thrown around, giving viewers a bit of travel sickness to be honest, and completely knocks off the controller’s ‘orientation’.

“The shark just blitzed us,” he said, as they all appear frightened the creature will destroy the device. However, it seems to make it away unscathed – the shark’s just not that bothered about a lump of metal apparently.

In another part of the footage, the contraption uses grabbers to pick up a plastic bag and retrieve it from littering the ocean.

The GoPro creepily captured the stark contrast between the Great Blue Hole from above and below the layer of hydrogen sulphide.

The water above it was teeming with life and far more visible. Whereas below lay a disturbing graveyard, was barren of light and activity. Essentially, it seems to be little more than a home for the deceased husks of once-living things that had unfortunately fallen into the depths.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Will Mitchell

Topics: Shark Attacks, Sharks, Technology, YouTube, Environment

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