Man spots giant hole appear in lake, flies drone into it and captures breathtaking footage
Have you ever been driving down the highway and suddenly had to do a double take at something you saw in the corner of your eye? Well, this is a common occurrence for those passing by Lake Berryessa, the seventh largest man-made lake in California.
Why? Well, it is because the lake contains a very unique and eye-catching feature: a giant hole that looks like it descends down to the center of the Earth.
The hole had been out of action for years due to the prolonged drought in California, but it was finally brought back into action again in early 2017, and immediately captured the curiosity of everyone who passed the lake - including this man and his trusty drone.
To see what the inside of the hole looks like, check out the incredible video below:
Built against a 304-foot dam, Lake Berryessa is famed for its "Glory Hole" slipway, which is an incredible sight to see when the lake is at full capacity, especially - as the video above proves - when viewed from above.
To put the rarity of this amazing video into context, when the drone captured this footage, it was the first time that the glory hole had been in use in over a decade. So much rain fell this past January and February that the lake has filled up in a matter of days.
The widest part of the hole measures a staggering 72 feet across, that's about two-and-a-half times as long as a London double-decker bus, and it travels a further 28 feet down. The water flowing into it is passed through a funnel, eventually draining out into Putah Creek.
The incredible footage was captured by YouTuber Evan K. While I'm not personally sold on his decision to play AC/DC over it (I'd have preferred to hear the rushing water), it's impossible not to be mesmerized by what you are seeing on your screen.
On the subject of drones, as the video above demonstrates, they have revolutionized what the average man is able to record, and, naturally, this has led to some seriously unexpected things being captured on film - many of which are, to put it bluntly, s**t-your-pants terrifying. I guess that's what happens when we have a whole different view on the world...
Case in point, this drone that captured this colossal shark swimming just meters away from unknowing swimmers in Florida. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "ignorance is bliss". I guess it's a very good thing that the shark wasn't feeling hungry that day!
But if you think that's terrifying, you've seen nothing yet! Drones have unknowingly recorded killer clowns (y'know, the maniacs who've been dressing up as clowns to terrify strangers every fall since 2016), and, in some cases, bizarre goings-on that can only be described as paranormal.
To see some of the most terrifying things drones have captured, check out the video below. You've been warned...
Whilst the everyday commercial use of drones might be new to society, drones themselves are not and have actually been around since the 1990s, when they were first developed by the military for obvious reasons. (Although, now you have to wonder about the sort of technology that is being developed now - and will we also have access to it in a few decades?)
One thing's for sure: if you own a drone and are a naturally curious person, then you're probably never going to have a good night's sleep again.