The cave was immediately sealed off to the public by Romanian authorities … and for good reason: making the trek through the Movile Cave could result in death. Romanian scientist Cristian Lascu, the man who is credited for discovering the Movile Cave, was, fittingly, the first human to travel down into its deadly depths.
Plunging into an environment of utter darkness, Lascu wore a helmet outfitted with lights to find his way as he was lowered roughly 20m down through the narrow mouth of the cave. Entering through this tiny space was challenge for Lascu as he was suited up with a bulky breathing apparatus, a must for survival due to the gaseous environment and the humidity. Movile Cave contains a mere 10% oxygen level and experienced humid temperatures ranging from 75 to 80 degrees fahrenheit! Could there possibly be anything alive down there?
Once through the narrow opening, Lascu had no idea what he might face … but first he had to make his way through limestone tunnels, tunnels that could potentially collapse all around him. But once he had made his way through the pitch black maze of tunnels, he saw the most unexpected and glorious sight.