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Watch the moment explorers enter the 'Jacuzzi of Death'

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 3/11/2016 Fernando Ramirez
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The internet has been fascinated by the "Jacuzzi of Death," a toxic pool at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico found off the coast of New Orleans.

Originally dubbed the "Jacuzzi of Despair," the deadly hot tub is filled with brine, a fluid four times saltier than normal seawater.

As a result, almost any sea creature that takes a dip doesn't survive, as evidenced by the scattered bodies of crabs and isopods.

11Scientists venture into the “Jacuzzi of Despair," a massive toxic brine pool at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

11Scientists venture into the “Jacuzzi of Despair," a massive toxic brine pool at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
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The pool was originally discovered in 2013, but scientists have returned multiple times to study the phenomenon more closely.

In a statement by the Nautilus Exploration Program, scientists "are studying these unique brine pools to better understand how they form, how they may change over time, and how the organisms living near them are able to survive—and even thrive."

The brine-filled pool's opening stands 10 above the sea floor, and based off scientists' high-resolution map, it appears to be more than 80 feet across.

At one point, an instrument belonging to the robotic vessel was lowered nearly 62 feet into the brine pool without ever reaching a hard bottom. 

In other words, the Jacuzzi is more of a bottomless pit of despair than a hot tub.

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