By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Jonathan Bird’s Blue World video series features Belize’s snowy underwater cave known as Winter Wonderland.
“Jonathan and Todd travel to Caye Caulker, Belize to explore a spooky ocean cave called Winter Wonderland with cave explorer Ilya Rosado and the team from Sunrise Scuba,” says the introduction to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World series of videos.
Blue World goes on to explain that while it’s not snow, it looks very much like it.
“Winter Wonderland gets its name from the fine silt on the formations that looks like snow. It’s the most amazing ocean cave dive yet!” says Bird.
After captain Max Novelo takes them out to the middle of the ocean and Rosado finds the cave, Bird and crew dive about 150 feet downwards and finally reach what they are looking for.
“About 500′ from the entrance, we can finally see, and we realize why it’s called Winter Wonderland. Particles drawn in from the ocean settle like snow on the formations,” he says.
“As we progress further into the cave the water continues to get clearer, but our bubbles are knocking particles off the ceiling. It really does look like a scene out of a Christmas movie.”
Bird is impressed.
“Eventually we enter a section of the cave where the calcite formations are almost black instead of white, like most caves. Scientists think it’s caused by bacteria that covered the formations during a period when the water levels were down. I can’t get over the fact that literally every formation in here is black. It looks like soot covering everything and with the white silt it has a Winter Wonderland feel for sure,” he says.
After returning to the boat, Bird says the expedition was worth it.
“Our expedition to Winter Wonderland was not without challenges but this fascinating cave was well worth the effort. Without question it was the most interesting ocean cave I’ve yet seen in the Blue World,” he closes.