Discovery Channel is delving into the mysterious depths of the Blue Hole off the coast of Belize in the upcoming live event special Discovery Live: Into The Blue Hole.
Produced by INE, Impossible Works and Discovery Studios, the two-hour one-off will head to the bottom of the Blue Hole to document the unknown findings of this ancient sinkhole.
The special will delve into the remote spot that has only been fully explored once by ocean expert Jacques Cousteau in 1971. Discovery will pick up from where Costeau left off, exploring the sinkhole in real time. To find out what lies beneath the water’s surface, a team of explorers will head down to its bottom in a fully-manned submersible. The on-board exploration team will include businessman Richard Branson; explorer Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau; and Erika Bergman, the submersible’s pilot.
A second submersible with additional lighting will follow the team to give them, and viewers, the opportunity to see as much of the mysterious spot as possible.
The live event will also cover an array of sea-related topics, including how the Blue Hole was created, how technology has evolved since the elder Cousteau’s time, and the legends surrounding the sinkhole.
Marine biologist Luke Tipple and presenter Chris Jacobs of TLC’s Long Lost Family will host the event and will document the team’s journey into the Blue Hole.
After the initial drive, vessels will continue to explore the Blue Hole for two weeks and track the site. The data collected will help construct real-life models of the sink hole’s geography to help researchers and scientists understand how changing sea life its formation and the impact of climate change.
For INE, Mark Koops and Sarah Davies are executive producers. For Impossible Works, TC Conway is the executive producer. For Discovery Studios, Sandy Varo Jarrell and Gregg Moscott serve as executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers and Christina Bavetta are executive producers and Lian DesMarais is supervising producer.
Discovery Live: Into The Blue Hole will premiere globally on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.