What happens to an egg 100 feet underwater?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

egg in ocean
The intense water pressure is enough to keep the egg in shape.

When you crack an egg on land, the contents quickly plop downwards, usually onto a sizzling hot frying pan. Well, can you guess what happens to the popular breakfast item when it’s taken over 100 feet underwater?  Surprisingly, it maintains its shape!

Two divers from Australia decided to take some eggs with them down to the ocean’s depths. After the duo traveled an impressive 105 feet below the surface, they pulled out an egg and delicately removed the shell. Instead of dispersing like a drop of food coloring in a cup of water, the egg stayed perfectly still!

How could something like this happen? Well, salt water is pretty heavy. So, the further down you travel in the ocean, the more the pressure of the water increases.

At about 100 feet down, the pressure is roughly 3 times stronger than it is on the surface of the Earth. It’s this same force that pushes the usually runny contents of an egg to maintain its oval appearance. The yummy egg didn’t last long, though, because 20 seconds after the diver opened the shell, a hungry fish paddled on up and had himself a tasty breakfast!

Images courtesy of BIOSstation on YouTube.