Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana

Posted On 28 Jan 2014

Running through 21 miles of caves and passages, the long river that flows through the Bluespring Caverns has harbored a staggering concentration of albino, sometimes nearly see-through, amphibians and other aquatic creatures.

The Bluesrping Caverns were first discovered in the 19th century and further entrances to the caves continued to be discovered well into the 1940’s. Wide limestone caves span for miles under the ground acting as a canopy for the river running along their floor. The river is the longest underground river in the United States and the moist, churning environment combined with the constant darkness have created a unique setting where blind, albino species can thrive. In addition to bugs like crickets, beetles, and spiders, larger creatures such as salamanders, frogs, and crayfish all live under, above, and upon the flowing waters, many of them purely white or near translucent. There is even an extremely rare species of blind cave fish that swims the waters.

Tours down the river are available, taking visitors meandering across the underground waters where sightings of albino wildlife are abundant. While most caves are known for their stony splendor, the Bluespring Caverns are the rare subterranea that are renowned for their thriving life, not their lack of it.