What Lurks Beneath the Mysterious Blue Holes of the Bahamas?

Written by on June 19, 2014 in Mysteries, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments


Brent Swancer | MysteriousUniverse.org | June 17 2014

The island of Andros in the Bahamas is a mystical place. It is a tropical, sun-kissed land of clear blue seas and pristine, white sand beaches. Possessing immense biological and geographical diversity, with a wide

BlueHolesBahamasrange of habitats across an area approximately the size of the state of Delaware, many of which are unique on Earth, Andros is not only a tropical paradise but also a marvel of the natural world. This idyllic island getaway is also a place steeped in mystery, legend, and myth.

The largest of the Bahamas Islands, Andros is actually an archipelago composed of over 700 hundred small islets and cays, all interconnected by a crisscrossing series of pristine, mangrove filled estuaries and expansive tidal swamplands, which amount to a total land area of around 2,300 square miles.

On three sides, Andros is hugged by warm, shallow crystal clear seas that are teeming with an abundance of colorful sea life, some found nowhere else on the planet. The shallow seas move inland into rocky tide pools, tidal estuaries, mud flats, and mangrove swamps, all of which compose different ecosystems that display a staggering amount of biodiversity within such a relatively small area. Andros also sports the world’s third largest barrier reef, enormous freshwater aquifers, and the only freshwater river in all of the Bahamas.

On the eastern side of the island, only a mile offshore, a deep channel known as The Tongue of the Ocean cuts its way past the island, where the seafloor makes a sudden, dizzying drop from shallow coral reefs to abyssal depths of 6,000 feet into the clear blue depths. This deep water trench gives way to yet another ecosystem living side by side with those of the shallow waters, a pelagic eco-zone often frequented by large marine going mammals such as pilot whales and humpback whales, as well as other large, open water fish cruising deep under the tropical, sun flecked surface.

Among all of this stunning biodiversity and wealth of geographical features, perhaps the most mysterious feature of the island is its many enigmatic and beautiful blue holes, which dot the island both in the sea and inland.  Blue holes are steep, roughly circular underwater caves or sinkholes which are also referred to as “vertical caves,” and can descend down to depths of 100 meters (330 feet) to 392 meters (1,286 feet). Blue holes are so named for the dramatic contrast between the dark, azure blue of their depths, and the lighter colored shallows surrounding them, although inland blue holes tend to look more like circular black lakes due mostly to rotting vegetation.

There are estimated to be around 50 of these blue holes scattered throughout the shallows around Andros, and around 175 in the wooded interior of the island, with more being uncovered all of the time. Many of these blue holes branch off into intricate submerged passages and extensive underwater cave systems that can meander in all directions for thousands of feet.

The blue holes of the Bahamas have always held a sense of awe and mystery. Although popular places to dive, it is believed that less than 1% of the blue hole cave systems of the Bahamas have been explored, and it has only been within the last several decades that we have really uncovered any good information on what the holes even are.

The first person to really shed any light on the blue holes of the Bahamas was a Canadian diver by the name of Dr. George Benjamin, who in the 1960s made first an aerial survey of the cave systems and later returned to plunge into their perilous depths and yawning undersea chasms with diving gear. These early explorations marked the beginning of any real scientific inquiry into the nature of the blue holes.

It is from the enchanting blue depths of these mysterious submerged caves that a persistent local legend has sprung. The people of the area have long spoke of an enormous monster said to inhabit the blue holes of the island; a creature known as the Lusca. The Lusca is said to be a gigantic animal that can reach sizes of over 23 meters (75 feet) in length, and to resemble something like a cross between an octopus and a shark, with a plentitude of formidable tentacles and a gaping mouth full of dagger-like teeth.

It is said that this ominous creature lurks deep in the blue hole caves during the day and comes out of its dark lair to hunt at night. Witnesses report that the Lusca will suddenly rise up under an unsuspecting swimmer and simply suck them beneath the waves with shocking speed, leaving nothing but bubbling water behind. Since the monster purportedly drags the hapless prey into craggy underwater caves to feed, the bodies of these victims are never seen again. The Lusca is commonly blamed for missing swimmers and the occasional disappearance of cave divers in the area as well.

Locals insist that the Lusca will target not only swimmers and divers, but boats as well. It is said that Lusca will snatch people off of the decks of boats, and some accounts even speak of whole boats being pulled under, leaving only swirling debris bobbing at the surface.

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