It’s no secret that geotagging locations on Instagram posts has led to an increased traffic at many national monument and natural landmarks. Now, a huge cave discovered in British Columbia, Canada, is having its precise location kept secret in an attempt to avoid Instagram users visiting and causing potential damage.
The cave, which we do know is located in Wells Gray Provincial Park, is said to be large enough to fit the Statue of Liberty within it. As per the New York Times, a bunch of wildlife researchers conducting a wildlife census first noticed it while flying in a helicopter over the area. At the time, the “black hole” as they described it, was covered in snow.
Upon the snow melting in September, geologist Dr. Catherine Hickson and her team visited the location. It turns out they had stumbled upon a 330 feet long, 200 feet across, and at least 450 feet deep cave – said to be one of the biggest in all of Canada.
The journey to the spot takes 50 minutes by helicopter. The Times wrote of its location: “The exact location of the cave has not been divulged, partly to discourage Instagram tourists and amateur climbers.” It’s far from the first attempt to savour potential Instagram hotspots; Jackson Hole requested members of the public cease tagging the exact location of photos they were posting.