On the deepest dive ever executed into the Mariana Trench, an American investor-turned-explorer discovered what appeared to be plastic bag and other litter almost seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
His dive went 16 meters lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960. It's only fair to assume that undiscovered species and evolution taking its course will unearth new deep-sea life forms in dives like Five Deeps'.
Vescovo, the Dallas-based co-founder of Insight Equity Holdings, a private equity fund, found the manmade material on the ocean floor and is trying to confirm that it is plastic, said Stephanie Fitzherbert, a spokeswoman for Vescovo's Five Deeps Expedition.
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"This was a demonstration of system reliability and operational efficiency never seen before in exploration of the oceans' deepest places", Walsh said.
Before Cameron's dive, the first-ever expedition to Challenger Deep was made in 1960 by the U.S. Navy, which reached a depth of 10,912 metres.
The team also found what they think are four new species of amphipods, or shell-less crustaceans.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but Vescovo is quick to point out their achievement was far greater than his in reaching the deepest place on Earth.More news: Alabama Senate bans almost all abortions, including rape cases
Next up is a trip to the bottom of the as-yet unexplored Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, due to be completed in August 2019.
"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", Vescovo said.
'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'. It's not the first time plastic has been found at the bottom of the sea, but it's a reminder of the scale of the problem.
The United Nations estimates 100 million tons of plastic waste already occupies the world's oceans and large volumes of microplastic have been discovered in the intestinal tracts of deep-dwelling ocean mammals, UK's Telegraph newspaper reported.More news: Bond 25: Production Delayed After Daniel Craig Is Injured On Set