Hidden Underwater River Flows Along Mexico's Ocean Floor

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | |
After being on this earth for so many years, you’ll at least learn this one thing: Mother Nature will never stop surprising you. Take these pictures of a river, for example. Seems normal enough, right? Wait until you look close, though. You’ll realize that this river is underwater (and your mind will be blown). This little stream defies all logic and exists on the bottom of the ocean floor. Don’t believe it? If you visit the Cenote Angelita in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you’ll see this (seemingly) impossible river for yourself.

A cenote is a water filled cave, and this one holds quite a surprise.
Inside is an underwater river, flowing on the bottom of the ocean floor.
A thin layer of hydrogen sulfate separates the freshwater and saltwater within the cave. The resulting effect is mesmerizing.
There are even leaves and branches lining this “river.”
No matter how many times you see these pictures, it’s hard not to envision a magical forest… instead of an underwater cave.
Maya Diving describes the experience (in case you’re not a certified diver and don’t care to try it for yourself):
“From the surface, you look down and all you can see is deep blue water. You all give the ok and begin your descent, at first you see nothing but blueness all round then slowly at about 18m/60ft you begin to see what looks like a strange wispy bottom appearing below with a few ghostly, bare limbed tree trunks and branches sticking out. As it becomes clearer you begin to feel the first effects of narcosis at the same time as you see an expanse of wispy fog below. At the top of the cloud you stop and look around, everything appears surreal and a spooky feeling takes over amplified by the effects of the nitrogen in your brain. Now you descend through the cloud, for a minute you can’t see anything except for the brownish glow of your lights and maybe you bump into a branch or two in the murk then you are through and realize that there is a black abyss below you still, the water is very clear, but your light doesn’t illuminate anything below, the beam is swallowed up in blackness. You are already at 33m/100ft and you go a little farther down and move away from the slope of the cone of debris in the middle and look up at the dim glow of light coming through the foggy layer above…

“Now that was a diving adventure that you will never forget.”

Photos: Antaoly Beloshcin

Sources: viralnova.com, mymodernmet.com
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