Aquatica Submarines Announces Expedition to the Bottom of the Belize Blue Hole
Leading Vancouver-based submarine technology company Aquatica Submarines has announced a historic expedition to the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole this coming Autumn.
The expedition will be led by entrepreneur and adventurer Harvey Flemming, under the guidance of the Virgin Group and Ocean Unite founder Richard Branson, and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the legendary Jacques, who named the site in 1971 after listing it as one of the top five diving destinations in the world.
Partnered with the Roatan Institute of Deep Sea Exploration (RIDE) who will provide the services of their IDABEL submersible, Aquatica has enlisted a team of scientists, explorers and filmmakers to share the mysteries of what lies at the bottom of the Blue Hole, while collecting scientific data to aid studies concerning climate change and the effect it is having on the world's coral reefs.
The Blue Hole is 318m/1,043ft in diameter and 124m/427ft deep. To put that into perspective, it's enough to hide two sunken 747s, and hence Aquatica's Stingray 500 submersible will be at the forefront of the expedition. The Blue Hole is situated in the centre of Lighthouse Reef, part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, officially classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aquatica's mission will be first to deploy advanced sonar technology to map the entirety of the Blue Hole's interior. The team plans to live stream their exploration of the depths and a dedicated documentary of the expedition will be produced to accompany the research.
No details of the official start date for the exploration have as yet been released, however, an announcement is expected during the coming weeks. More information regarding the expedition can be found on Aquatica's website at aquaticasubmarines.com/blue-hole-belize/