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'Jacuzzi of Despair’ Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Along the segmented shoreline of the brine pool, in this photo provided by the research ship Nautilus.

A “jacuzzi of despair” has been discovered deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

The jacuzzi is actually a salty lake, complete with a coastline that was spotted by the U.S. research ship E/V Nautilus.

The water in the lake is extremely saline and has little to no oxygen, meaning any sea creature that stumbles in likely will die. That’s the despair part, but the pool also is warmer than the water around it, leading to the jacuzzi label.

The brine pool has its own shoreline, with minerals seeping over the edge and cascading down its sides.

The brine pool has its own shoreline, with minerals seeping over the edge and cascading down its sides.

The pool is actually quite small, measuring about 25 meters across. It sits hundreds of meters below the surface. The shore, or rim of the lake, was described as jewellike by the Nautilus Exploration Program.

“[The pool is] warm, but super salty," Scott Wankel, a scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said, according to Seeker. “When [marine creatures] fall in, they die and get pickled and preserved."

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