Scientists at the University of Miami have discovered a deadly pool at the bottom of the Red Sea that kills anything that swims in it. According to the research, the brine pool was uncovered 1.7 kilometers below the surface using a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The scientists came across the lethal pool during the last five minutes of the ten-hour dive.
The researchers explain that a salty pool is a depression in the ocean floor filled with highly concentrated saltwater and other chemical elements that are more salty than the surrounding ocean. These underwater pools can stun or kill animals and even lift them alive, he said.
Speaking to Live Science, lead researcher Sam Purkiss described the deadly pools as “the most extreme environment on Earth” and said, “Any animal that ventures into ocean water is immediately stunned. or is killed.”
In addition, Mr. Purkis pointed out that fish, shrimp and eels use salty water for hunting. He explained that these creatures inadvertently lurk near deadly pools to feed on the “unlucky” creatures that swim.
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The lead researcher said that the discovery of such a pool could help scientists figure out how the first oceans formed on our planet. He also said that brine pools are home to a large number of microbes and are rich in diversity. He stressed that these discoveries are necessary because they could help determine whether alien planets with similar hostile conditions might host any living beings.
“Unless we understand the limits of life on Earth, it will be difficult to determine whether alien planets might host any living beings,” Purkis said.
Meanwhile, according to New York PostThis is not the first brine pool to be discovered by scientists. Over the past 30 years, oceanographers have been able to uncover “a few dozen” of lethal pools in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.