A mysterious “blue hole” off Florida’s coastline has sparked interest among scientists and researchers, who plan to explore the potential ecological hot spots next month.
The 425-feet deep underwater sinkhole, dubbed “Green Banana,” is located approximately 155 feet below the water’s surface, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A team of scientists, comprised of members of Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Geological Society, is set to embark on a new mission to explore the hole beginning in August and continuing through May 2021, NOAA notes.
In May and September 2019, a team of researchers explored a similar blue hole nicknamed “Amberjack Hole,” located approximately 30 miles offshore of Sarasota, Fla.
Scientists were able to explore Amberjack Hole using a benthic lander, a framework capable of holding multiple scientific instruments weighing more than 600 pounds.
Green Banana is somewhat hourglass-shaped, according to NOAA, creating a new set of challenges for its exploration using the same device.
If you liked this article, check out the Navy’s secret indoor ocean.
More from In The Know: