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Journey to the depths of the Earth! Founder of OceanGate, a company whose submarine imploded with billionaires during an expedition towards the Titanic, announces a trip to Dean's Blue Hole, an underwater cave known as the “portal to hell”

Written by Alisson Ficher
Published 22/06/2024 às 06:01
Dean's Blue Hole, one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. (Image: Christian Afonso/ Creative Commons)
Dean's Blue Hole, one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. (Image: Christian Afonso/ Creative Commons)

Imagine a portal to hell hidden in the depths of the ocean, a place as mysterious as it is dangerous. This is the feeling that Dean's Blue Hole, one of the deepest underwater caves in the world, awakens in explorers.

Now, Guillermo Söhnlein, co-founder of Oceangate, is about to embark on a journey to uncover its secrets.

Guillermo Söhnlein, who a year ago was in the spotlight due to the tragic implosion of the Titan submarine during an expedition to the Titanic, has announced a new and ambitious project: exploring Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas in 2024.

This underwater cave, known as the “portal to hell”, is one of the deepest and most unexplored places on the planet, with an impressive depth of 202 meters.

Unraveling the enigma of Dean's Blue Hole

According to information available on the website of Blue Marble Exploration, a company created by Söhnlein in 2013 after leaving OceanGate, Dean's Blue Hole is a real enigma for geologists who study underwater caves.

“It is the largest of its kind in the world and yet very little is known about it, including how it formed more than 15 years ago.”, describes the site.

The cave is so deep that it is inaccessible to even the most experienced divers, and its remote location makes large surface-based operations even more difficult.

Preparations for the expedition

Söhnlein and his team of scientists plan to perform the first descent of manned submersibles, equipped with LED lights and underwater drone technology.

The goal is to explore some of the least hospitable conditions on Earth in search of unprecedented discoveries.

According to the team, only five percent of the ocean has been seen by humans, and they are determined to explore the rest.

“We are on our way to explore the rest of the ocean”, said Söhnlein. “Our scientists will be able to venture into some of the most extreme conditions in search of new discoveries,” he completed.

The risks of adventure

The Blue Marble Exploration platform does not hide the risks of the expedition. “Extreme pressure 20 times greater than that on the surface and the absence of sunlight are just some of the challenges the crew will face”, says the website.

Furthermore, the remote location of Dean's Blue Hole means that the team will not be able to rely on quick help in case of emergencies. “There is a certain unpredictability that our team will face in new territory”, completes the portal.

According to geologists, the walls of the main chamber that connect Dean's to the Atlantic Ocean may have opened, which could cause unforeseen currents and thermal layers that could interfere with underwater operations.

Team of explorers

Despite the dangers, scientific curiosity attracts the crew, which includes Kenny Broad, leader of the scientific team, Scott Parazynski, doctor, and Guillermo Söhnlein himself as head of the expedition.

“Locals believe that Dean's is a portal to hell and that the devil himself lurks in the black depths.”, begins the team on the website. “We hope to find remains and prepare to deal with these situations with due respect for the families,” concludes the crew.

Keeping an eye on the past and the future

It is worth remembering that Söhnlein founded OceanGate in 2009 alongside Stockton Rush, who died at the age of 61 in the implosion of the Titan submarine in 2023.

The submersible, which planned to travel to the wreckage of the Titanic, could not withstand the pressure of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

This tragic event highlighted the dangers of underwater exploration, but also the determination and adventurous spirit of the explorers.

Despite the disaster, Söhnlein's bold aspirations continue and are not limited to the depths of the ocean. This happens because the businessman also aims at space, with an ambitious project to take people to the planet Venus by 2050.

“The reality is that Venus is much closer to Earth and has a much more similar orbit, which makes it much more accessible than Mars.”, he says on his blog, Humans2Venus.

“The cost is lower, flight windows are more frequent, transit times are shorter and safety is greater,” Assessment little son.

So, would you have the courage to embark on this adventure? Tell us in the comments! To the next!

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Alisson Ficher

Journalist graduated since 2017 and working in the field since 2015, with six years of experience in printed magazines and more than 12 thousand online publications. Specialist in topics such as politics, jobs, economics, courses and others. If you have any questions or suggestions for an agenda regarding any of the topics covered on the site, please get in touch.

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