Given the complexity of the Salton Sea, it is easy to understand how an assortment of myths and mistruths can pop up from time to time. Some myths are playful and inconsequential, while others have pervasive ramifications if believed and spread. We here at Salton Sea Sense hope to shed light on some of these ideas, giving validity to the ones who deserve it, and debunk those that do not.
Here is a list of some of the most common myths surrounding the Sea.
- “A Spanish ship filled with pearls from the 16th century is buried at the bottom of the Salton Sea.”
- “The Salton Sink would be dry right now were it not for the accident in 1905. Therefore, we should just let the Sea dry up.”
- “It is not safe to swim in, nor is it safe to eat the fish.”