The world is full of puzzling wonders and mysteries, and they have kept us guessing for as long as we have known them. Heck, we haven’t even discovered them all.
For instance, the oceans have not been well explored or understood. These vast masses of water and the secrets they hide remain a mystery to us, particularly what lies in the depths of these waters.
But if there is one thing humanity never runs out of, it is curiosity.
Under the sea lie many mysteries, and environments and creatures we know little or nothing about. There are plenty of human artifacts on the ocean floor as well, in addition to other phenomenal things.
It would be nice if we could access all parts of the sea, but we can’t. At least not yet. But our technological edge is improving, and we can get further than we ever have.
Richard Branson decided that it was the time the mysteries below “The Great Blue Hole” were revealed.
This strange phenomenon is located off the coast of Belize, and it measures about 1,000 feet in width. That makes it the second largest marine sinkhole on the planet.
All along, all we could do was speculate as to what lies at the bottom of this massive hole, which is 400 feet deep.
Branson set out to find the answers himself, with two explorers with him.
The group descended to the bottom of the hole. The Discovery Channel was at hand to film the making of history.
As the descent continued, things began to change. About 10 minutes into their journey, they saw a stalactite, which they reported was breathtakingly beautiful.
Apparently, the hole is made up of a complex system of caves. But these caves formed on dry land, but ocean levels rose and buried them deep under the waters.
Unfortunately, there was no ocean life in this hole, and the creatures they saw were dead, possibly after falling into the hole and dying from the lack of oxygen in the water.
But the most shocking discovery of all was that the bottom of the hole was covered in plastic.
This site disheartened the billionaire-explorer, and he discussed the issue in his blog.
According to Branson, the only monsters evident in the hole were climate change and plastic. There were plastic bottles at the bottom of the hole.
Richard Branson is a very outspoken environmentalist. He is an especially vocal advocate for the elimination of single-use plastic, which contaminates the oceans and lakes.
His sentiments are shared by many, but he has gone further in his efforts than most. Virgin Voyages, for instance, does not allow the use of single-use plastic on board.
Like many others, Branson would not like a world where sea life is destroyed by such waste.
He called on the government to protect at least 30 percent of the ocean by the year 2030 and lower CO2 emissions and aim to completely eliminate them by the year 2050.
I think we would all like that, and it’s something we can achieve if we really tried. After all, our futures and those of future generations depend on these conservation efforts.