Strange But True: Underwater River!?!


These days, whenever you see something you just can’t believe, you gotta ask yourself  if it’s real or if it’s Photoshopped. So it’s even more astonishing when the real deal comes along. Such was the case when I first saw these pics of a river in Mexico. It looks like any small river anywhere in the world, except it’s underwater!

Photographer Anatoly Beloshchin captured these strange-but-true shots of an underwater river found in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula called Cenote Angelina, Spanish for “Little Angel.” They depict eerie, surreal scenes where figures who look like they are hovering in air above a small creek are actually divers in a submerged cave taking in this amazing sight.

Cenotes are deep natural pits, or sinkholes, that are characteristic of both Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. They are the result of the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes natural groundwater underneath. A thin layer of hydrogen sulfate separates the saltwater of the creek from the fresh water above, creating this bizarre landscape.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, it’s an underwater river!

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Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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23 Responses to Strange But True: Underwater River!?!

  1. Nice! I love the colors.

  2. What a great atmosphere for a segment in a movie. So eerie!

  3. Pat says:

    How beautifully sharp and clear these underwater shots are. Amazing photos.

    • Hello Pat! The photographer, Anatoly Beloshchin, specializes in underwater photography, especially in caves. I’ve found a lot more of his work while researching this post, and I hope to feature it in the future. Some pretty amazing stuff!

  4. Lovely, Stephen! One of your best yet!

  5. Paula says:

    This is amazing.. Thank God for water-sealed cameras 🙂

  6. Terri says:

    I saw this a few weeks ago. Blew my mind then. Blows my mind now.

  7. Surreal and totally awesome!!

  8. I just added your weblog to my blogroll, I pray you’d give some thought to doing the same.

  9. Pingback: Strange But True: Volcanic Distruption | Stephen Kelly Creative

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