Victor Vescovo Makes Deepest Submarine Dive in History

Explorer reaches deepest spot on Earth in historic dive

Sea creatures swim around part of a submersible lander, illuminated by the light of the submarine DSV Limiting Factor on the floor of the Mariana Trench.

"This submarine and its mother ship, along with its extraordinarily talented expedition team, took marine technology to a ridiculously higher new level by diving - rapidly and repeatedly - into the deepest, harshest, area of the ocean", he continued.

However, he also made an unsettling discovery as he descended almost 6.8 miles to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, seeing something he was not expecting to come across so deep beneath the surface - trash.

Besides for breaking the record for a manned sub dive in the Mariana Trench, the latest dive down to the deepest point underwater found a heartrending discovery: The existence of the plastic waste on the bottom of the ocean.

A key mission objective was to capture video evidence of what was at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, which was first explored in 1960.

Vescovo has dived the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean, and the Java Trench in Indian Ocean.

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Lieutenant Don Walsh, USN, and Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe TRIESTE. Two of the dives, including the deepest one made on 28 April, were solo dives piloted by Vescovo. They were followed in 2012 by movie director James Cameron who made a solo trip into the trench.

From behind the glass of a submersible created to withstand extreme pressures, he spent hours observing and documenting the quiet, dark alien world.

Scientists plan to test the newly-discovered creatures to see if they contain microplastics. According to the BBC, the pressure at the bottom of the ocean is equal to about 50 jumbo jets piled on top of a person.

At the very bottom, he found colorful rocky structures, weird critters and the ever-pervasive mark of humankind - plastic.

Vescovo told Discovery that finding new species with each dive isn't all that surprising either. "And now in 2019, the Five Deeps Expedition's submersible Limiting Factor was the third", Walsh said, adding, "And I was there to see it".

Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel.

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