Treading in hot water – Diver finds stunning location where water resembles raging fire

By Kirstie Sutheran


Treading in hot water – watch the moment a diver finds a stunning location where the water resembles raging fire.

Keen diver, Benjamin John Rother, 30, from Pennsylvania visited High Springs, Florida, in the hopes of seeing a natural phenomenon.

After swimming the short distance of a few hundred feet from the Devil Spring System, Benjamin reached the point where the Santa Fe River meets the Devil’s Ear canyon opening.

The dark tea coloured water of the Santa Fe River is caused by the tannic acid released from the roots of the Cypress trees.

The stained river water mixes with nearly 80 million gallons of crystal clear fresh water daily from the Devil’s Spring System and creates the amazing storm effect with the sun shining through.

Pic by Benjamin John Rother/Caters News

Benjamin, a Commissioning Engineer, said: “I felt apprehensive at first as the poor visibility meant I couldn’t see my hands in front of my face.

“But as we descended below the surface and floated above the opening to the canyon known as Devil’s Ear the water became crystal clear, it was beautiful.

“And the true beauty of the moment was not realised until we descended to the bottom of the cavern and gazed upwards at the hypnotic scene of the tea stained coloured water.

Pic by Benjamin John Rother/Caters News

“I could have sat watching the picturesque scene for hours and this was a photographers dream with the right lighting and no filtering required.

“The natural beauty of the coral reefs, ship wrecks, and artificial reefs are breath taking and hard to compare to.”