Discovery Channel to Broadcast Live From Bottom of Blue Hole
This Sunday, the world will be treated to a unique view of Belize as the Discovery Channel will be broadcasting live from the bottom of the Blue Hole on December 2, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. Belize time or 1:00 p.m. PT).
The two-hour live broadcast is entitled Discovery Live: Into the Blue Hole and will document a team of scientists as they pilot advanced underwater vehicles in an attempt to create the first-ever three-dimensional map of the depths of the Blue Hole. The team will be using military-grade sonar and advanced underwater video equipment to create an interactive 3D model of the entire Blue Hole, a vast space that measures 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and 400 feet (125 meters) deep.
Also joining the team will be Sir Richard Branson, the bombastic British entrepreneur, and Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau. The Blue Hole is the world’s largest sinkhole and was originally a large cave system on dry land when it formed millions of years ago. But at the end of the last great Ice Age, rising waters submerged the cave to form the Blue Hole. In 1971, Jacques Cousteau and his crew aboard The Calypso visited the site and used special underwater cameras designed by Jacques to create the first visual record of the Blue Hole.
The Discovery Channel special broadcast from Belize will be hosted by marine biologist Luke Tipple (who hosts Discovery’s Shark Week) and presenter Chris Jacobs (host of Velocity’s Overhaulin’ and TLC’s Long Lost Family). The team will be using advanced underwater vehicles built by Canadian firm Aquatica Submarines to navigate the twisting underwater passages replete with gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. The team will also be taking soil and water samples to better understand the unique marine environment at the bottom of the Blue Hole.
Discovery Channel’s special broadcast will last just two hours, but the scientific team is spending an entire month in Belize to fully document the Blue Hole. They will also be gathering data to better understand geologic changes in the region, including long-term climate change patterns.
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