The world's most dangerous underground caves

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    A SIGN at the entrance reads death awaits anyone who dares penetrate its shadowy depths.

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    A diver disappears into the depths of Chac Mool [MEDAVIA]
    The view from the top is one of horror as miles of intertwining passages show unexplored murky depths where hidden creatures await. These are the scenes inside one of the world's most dangerous underwater caves. The Yucatan Cenotes, a network of flooded caves in Southeast Mexico is one of the world's deadliest diving hotspots and as this brave photographer shows are largely uninhabited by marine life. The caverns were created when sections of land collapsed on the Yucatan Peninsula, creating sinkholes called cenotes. Since the 1980s, only 2,400 of the estimated 6,000 cenotes on the peninsula have been mapped by divers, many of whom have lost their lives in the murky labyrinthine caves.
    [IMG]Underwater photographer Lisa Collins, 48, took these pictures of the Yucatan Cenotes [MEDAVIA]
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    The entrance to the world's most dangerous caves [MEDAVIA]
    It is unclear how many lives the submerged caves have claimed, but in February 2013 a Canadian lost his life in the Cenote Kalimba. In April 2012 a Brazilian husband-and-wife team and their Spanish guide died in the cenote Chac Mool. Several cenotes were used by the Mayans for human sacrifices - Las Calaveras cenote still contains more than 125 skeletons. Underwater photographer Lisa Collins, 48, braved the dark depths of the winding caverns. She said: "It feels as if you are in outer space when you are in the caves. There is no sense of being in water because there are no currents. In the sea, or on lakes, you can feel the water moving around you, but in a cave it is completely still.
    [IMG]It is unclear how many lives the submerged caves have claimed [MEDAVIA]
    [IMG]The blue water is eerily beautiful [MEDAVIA]
    "You have to make sure you don't panic when you are cave diving. You can lose track of which direction is up and which is down, so it is very disorienting." One of the cenotes, Chac Mool, contains warning signs to divers and relics left behind to honour the dead. Mrs Collins said: said: "To get in to Chac Mool you have to squeeze through a very tight gap. The mouths of other caves branch off, but some of these mouths had ropes across the entrances, and one has a warning sign. "Seeing the sign with the grim reaper on it made me realise how dangerous an environment I was in. "Divers have made a little underwater shrine to the Virgin Mary. It wishes divers good luck, and is a shrine to the people who have died in the cave. I am not religious but it was very touching to see that." Another cave explored by Mrs Collins contained a mysterious sulphur cloud which blocked all daylight.
    [IMG]Divers swimming through the green waters of Kukulucan cenote [MEDAVIA]
    [IMG]The caves can be deadly for divers [MEDAVIA]
    The sulphur cloud, which is caused by a build-up of sulphur and hydrogen and separates freshwater in the upper part of the cave from saltwater below, is in cave is called Angelita - nicknamed 'The Nightmare' by divers. Mrs Collins said: "You have to pass through the sulphur cloud to explore the rest of the cave. "When you first float above the cloud you do not want to go into it as you don't know what's beneath. "Below the cloud you can't really see anything. We had torches but the light didn't penetrate very far. It was very eerie and spooky. "At the lowest depths there were bat bones, trees, stumps and roots. You can't dive too deep, as it would be easy to get tangled up in the vegetation."
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    The warning sign before entering the caves [MEDAVIA]
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    The stalectites hanging down from the cave [MEDAVIA]

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    I've snorkeled some underwater caves in Tulum,Mexico, I don't scuba, anymore. :(
    There was a bat cave and was impressed I didn't puke.
    After the bat paranoia, then you realize you're swimming in bat shit. :lol:
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    ... still dive, no caves though ... caverns yes, caves no!
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