Watch: The NCW Drops A Video On Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious Blue Holes
The first time these blue holes were first seen was in the 1800s. But hardly any noticeable exploration has taken place to map them—well, until now. It was almost like a rediscovery of them happened in 2022, following which the National Center for Wildlife joined forces with OceanX, an ocean exploration non-profit, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
So, what’s the deal with these blue holes? They’re kind of like nature’s jewellery on the surface—beautiful rings of coral. But dive a little deeper, and you’ll find this mind-boggling cylindrical structure that plunges down a whopping 700–900 metres!
These blue holes are a hotspot for all sorts of marine life. Think sea turtles, fish, dolphins, sharks, whales, and a whole bunch of other water-dwelling critters.
So, while the world might think it’s seen it all, these intrepid scientists are here to show us that our oceans still have secrets up their sleeves.
The video of the exploration of these blue holes has been released by the NCW. It has already garnered over a million views on Twitter alone.
— المركز الوطني لتنمية الحياة الفطرية (@NCW_center) August 27, 2023