Scuba Diver Takes Breathtaking Photos of Underwater Caves | 22 Words

A scuba diver has shared incredible underwater shots of him exploring submerged caves once worshipped by the Mayans, and the pictures are out of this world...

Scuba diving is a breathtaking experience...


The feeling of exploring new underwater worlds is unlike any other.

‚ÄčNo matter how many times you dip beneath the waves...


You never know what you're going to see.

And now, a photographer has captured incredible underwater shots of submerged caves worshipped by the Mayans thousands of years ago...


And people are amazed at the stunning pictures. Keep scrolling to see them for yourself...

Martin Broen, from New York, decided to explore Cenotes at the Rivera Maya in Mexico...

Which is classed as the world's longest underwater cave systems.

He ventured into sixty different caves between Playa del Carmen and Tulum...

And describes the surreal feeling like floating through a different planet.

The natural swimming holes were created when the limestone bedrock subsided...

Which made way for the stunning underwater pools.

They were referred to as "sacred wells" by the Mayans, and many historians report that this is where human sacrificing took place.

Fifty-year-old Broen said: "For many years I have been trying to capture the beauty and differences of the Cenotes and underwater cave systems. They can offer divers a unique set of surreal experiences which are closer to space exploration or traveling back in time."

He added...

"The caves took millions of years to form during the ice ages when the caves were dry, and then got preserved in time when the sea level rose and the caves got flooded.

"Preserving incredible formations as well as fossils of the first humans of the region and megafauna which are extinct.

"The water in the caves gets filtered through the rocks and therefore is crystal clear, so gives a complete feeling of flying inside those alien-like spaces, closer to exploring a different planet."

Broen says it's the caves' history that makes them so incredible...

He said: "The light of the sun at the entrance or the one from your lights deep inside the cave may get modified by tannic acid that accumulates from the rainfall producing strange green and red like tones, or seeing super defined haloclines dividing the layers of fresh and salty waters, creating visual effects which are not common on the surface and make you feel inside a science fiction movie.

"There are truly unique and magical environments which are just below our feet, which are little known and not as appreciated."

Despite him taking a lot of incredible shots, Broen admits it isn't easy to capture the landscape due to poor lighting and water pressure.

"There is no light besides the one you bring with you," he explained.

"So you are pushing the sensor and optical limits of your camera at every shoot, shooting at very low speed while holding your breath, while maintaining your buoyancy and being sure you don't damage any formation, and you are doing that while in control of your redundant scuba gear as you may be minutes or even hours away from the closest exits to surface."

It truly is breathtaking.

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