In Florida’s panhandle, site of Wakulla Springs’ mysterious waters, Wild Chronicles host Boyd Matson puts his life on the line. Boyd dives into this underwater labyrinth of caves, a Swiss cheese of tunnels and flowing springs, where it’s all too easy to get lost.

Join Boyd and the team attempting to generate the world’s first digital, three-dimensional map of an underwater cave system.

  1. Cave diving is sometimes called the "world's most dangerous sport." How many divers have died in Florida's underwater labyrinth?

    • Answer

      More than 300 people have died while cave-diving in Florida.

  2. How much does Boyd's gear weigh?

    • Answer

      Boyd drags 125 pounds of gear to Ginnie Springs, a less dangerous spot for cave-diving than Wakulla Springs.

  3. How do Mark and Jill, the cave divers, collect data for the 3D map?

    • Answer

      Mark and Jill descend with a large piece of equipment that pings the walls of the spring with sonar. This sonar data helps create an accurate, three-dimensional map of Wakulla Springs.

cave
Noun

underground chamber that opens to the surface. Cave entrances can be on land or in water.

digital
Adjective

having to do with numbers (or digits), often in a format used by computers.

generate
Verb

to create or begin.

Noun

symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.

spring
Noun

small flow of water flowing naturally from an underground water source.

three-dimensional
Adjective

having the appearance of width, height, and depth.