15 of the Most Incredible Discoveries Made by Divers

The Underwater River

There are dive sites galore dotted along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula — the porous limestone that lies beneath ground level prone to sinkholes that, over time, have flooded and filled with water.

They’re called cenotes in these parts and there’s one underwater world in particular that demands to be explored. It’s known as Cenote Angelita — Little Angel — and the discoveries that have been made down here are remarkable indeed.

In ancient times, the Maya people believed the sinkholes to be sacred places. Here, gifts could be given to the gods — with gold, precious stones and even human remains amongst the sacrificial items offered. Finding an ancient artifact is always possible in Yucatan’s fascinating cenotes, but at Angelita, the best discovery of all has been a natural one.

It’s an underwater river that flows deep beneath the sinkhole’s surface. The science is complicated and the concept surreal, but you don’t need to understand it to enjoy it. The underground river was discovered by amateur divers — and there’s a good chance that further secrets are down here, just waiting to be found.


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