“Brinicle” – The Mysterious Ice Finger of Death Was Filmed in Antarctica
This following “icicle of death” was actually recorded by a BBC crew not too long ago as they reported having come across it in Antarctica of all places.
This “web of ice” that was actually brought up by the brinicle supposedly turned everything to ice as it literally seemed to signal instant death to everyone that dared approached it.
The discovery in itself was captured by Hugh Miller and Doug Anderson as they tried to film an episode for their TV series Frozen Planet.
This is not the first instance of a brinicle ever uncovered, although it is by far the biggest and deadliest according to them.
The discovery was made near Antarctica’s Ross Archipelago under the ice at Little Razorback Island.
Three or more brinicles had already been reported in the area so they were hoping to capture one but they never expected it to be that convenient.
They form extremely fast according to Hugh Miller, as they can literally come up out of nowhere a few miles away from you without you even noticing.
Typically, one such brinicle will form up and reach its peak in less than five to six hours after which it dissipates almost instantly.
The discovery in itself was also reported on by the Polar oceanographer Dr. Mark Brandon himself as he claimed that this all happened because of the combination of the -20C temperature from above the sea ice alongside the -1.9C temperature from the seawater itself.
Thus, this layer formed in the middle of the two expands to the point where it can no longer sustain itself, dissipating away into thin air.