The ‘world’s longest’ underwater cave system has been discovered by divers in Mexico.

The group of divers connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to unveil what is thought to be the largest flooded cave in the world.

According to BBC News, ‘the discovery of a 216 mile long cave by the Gran Acuifero Maya project could shed light on Mayan history.’

The Gran Acuifero Maya project is dedicated to the preservation and study of subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula and stated that the cave was pinpointed following months of exploration of underwater channels.

More information from the Guardian reveals that, ‘Near the beach resort of Tulum, the group found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 263 km, connected with the 83km Dos Ojos system,’ the project said in a statement. ‘Sac Actun has now absorbed Dos Ojos.’

The cave is in ‘the heartland of the ancient Maya civilisation,’ the BBC video reports, and scientists hope that this discovery will help us learn more about Maya history.

Check out the footage of the epic cave from the BBC here!

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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