Yellowstone: Human Foot Found Floating in Hot Spring

Park officials reported that an employee found what appears to be a partial human foot this week in one of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

The human foot was found floating in the Abyss Pool, located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

According to Morgan Warthin, a public affairs officer for Yellowstone National Park, the foot was still inside of the shoe at the time of discovery.

According to the Yellowstone National Park website, the Abyss Pool is one of the deepest hot springs in the park.  It is fifty-three feet deep.  The superheated water from the hot springs, also known as hydrothermal or geothermal springs, is produced by geothermally heated groundwater that rises to the surface.

According to Yellowstone National Park, there are more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, including 500 geysers.

There are several boardwalks and designated trails near the hot springs to keep visitors safe.  Swimming or even touching the water is not allowed.  These are just a few safety rules that Yellowstone has put into place.

Last week, a woman was found dead in Kern County, California.  She was located in Miracle Hot Springs, about ten miles west of Lake Isabella.  According to the sheriff’s office, it was an apparent drowning.

in the Ogden River Hot Springs, a Utah woman was found dead  in May 2020.  According to the police, there was also no foul play suspected.

As of this time, no additional details are available, but an investigation is underway.

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