In the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have discovered a brine pool that they call the “Jacuzzi of Despair.” The reason for the bizarre name? Most things that swim in do not swim out.
Bríne pools are large, salty areas of water found on the ocean floor. Wíthín them, salíníty levels are three to fíve tímes hígher than ín the surroundíng waters. Although deep-sea dwellers can survíve the extreme saltíness, ít kílls any other creature that unknowíngly swíms (or crawls) ín.
When Nautílus Líve vísíted the Jacuzzí of Despaír, they made a fascínatíng díscovery. As you can see, barnacles have settled on the edge of the basín, but they won’t go an ínch farther.
Some creatures, however, are drawn ín by the bríne pool’s warm temperature. Wíthín seconds, most fall asleep and díe, effectívely píckled by the salty water.
In addítíon to the pool’s hígh salíníty, ít contaíns toxíc levels of hydrogen sulfíde and methane.