Explore the 'Jacuzzi of Despair,' a lake so salty it kills almost everything inside – Los Angeles Times

They call it the “Jacuzzi of Despair.”

The underwater lake, discovered 3,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, is a pit of super-salty water and dissolved methane that kills any critter unlucky enough to fall inside.

The discovery was made last year by a San Pedro-based research vessel, the E/V Nautilus.

In the video, scientists excitedly navigate a remotely operated vehicle, the Hercules, above the circular pool. They point out the “pickled crabs” that succumbed to the “Jacuzzi of Despair.”

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