The massive crystal cave at the edge of the Pacific Ocean has been found in a remote corner of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
Scientists from the University of Queensland’s School of Earth Sciences say they believe the caverns were carved by a giant oceanic creature known as the titanagore, which is thought to have been around 200 million years ago.
The cave, which researchers believe dates back to around 200,000 years ago, is the largest cave system discovered in the ocean.
A research team from the Queensland Research Council’s Australian Centre for Ocean Science have been scouring the reef to study the caves.
They say they were looking for the remains of an ancient sea creature, which they have dubbed “the big, bad titanagor” after a famous song from the film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It was originally thought that the cavern was built by an ancient giant sea creature known only as the “sea serpent,” but a series of geological discoveries since 2010 have suggested otherwise.
Researchers say the new finding is “incredibly exciting” and that the cave is likely to contain the remains and fossilized remains of at least one titanagoran.
Titanagor fossils have been found at a number of different sites across Australia and are believed to have lived on land during the Pleistocene era, when humans first settled Australia.
The researchers believe the cave may have been built as a settlement during the last ice age, which lasted from about 250,000 to 200,00 years ago when temperatures were much warmer than today.
This is likely why the cavern is so warm, they say.
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