Geology is fickle and difficult to predict.

The earth’s crust is in a constant state of tectonic flux, and one of these days the gates of Hell is going to open up. Is that what recently happened in the Gulf of Mexico? While underwater lakes and rivers are nothing new, scientists exploring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico discovered an underwater lake that they’re calling the “Jacuzzi of Despair.”

This ancient underwater lake in the Gulf of Mexico is not only massive in size, but it also has its own current. However, what really makes the lake different from other subterranean lakes is that it contains high levels of methane and hydrogen sulfide.

On top of that, it contains little oxygen and is five times as salty as the surrounding water. In other words, if a critter is swimming near the lake, it will get pulled into its current, and then the salty, highly toxic concentration will be its death sentence.

According to scientists, crabs have wandered into the underwater lake, which is roughly 100 feet in circumference and 12 feet deep, and have become pickled in the warm, salty waters.

On the other hand, some mussels and shrimp have survived the “Jacuzzi of Despair.” The earth is riddled with these types of extreme environments and habitats.

While modern technology is improving deep sea exploration, sometimes what lurks below the sea should stay below the sea. Nobody wants to be responsible for opening the gates of Hell.