Record Mariana Trench ocean dive discovers plastic bags, new species

An announcement made Monday said that on May 1, the 53-year-old Vescovo descended 35,853 feet, or almost seven miles into the bottom of Challenger Deep, which is part of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, according to CNN. That journey was made by filmmaker James Cameron in 2012.

Over four hours exploring the seabed of the trench he saw sea creatures, plastic bags and lolly wrappers.

Details of the voyage, made May 1, were released for the first time on Monday. Now, the 53-year-old Vescovo has reached 35,853 feet, according to the expedition. Since our dives don't have near the physical trauma associated with extreme mountain climbing, I do believe what Sir Hillary and Tenzing did was more overall more hard and certainly intense.

"It was my objective all along to not just pursue an adventure, but also to push technology to its limit and keep advancing us all to do things that before now we thought were impossible".

Victor Vescovo and his team are in the middle of the Five Deeps Expedition.

The creative director of Atlantic Productions, Anthony Geffen, explained it is the hardest thing he has ever filmed, due to the near-freezing temperatures and pitch black the sub operates in.

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The expedition's mission is to conduct detailed, sonar mapping missions at the five deepest spots in our oceans. Long before that, in 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh together descended 35,813 feet into the Mariana Trench.

Mr Vescovo's latest dive is part of the "Five Deeps expedition", where he is attempting to explore the deepest parts of all five oceans. This is a widespread problem for sea creatures, even those living extremely deep in the ocean, a recent study has found.

From behind the glass of a submersible created to withstand extreme pressures, he spent hours observing and documenting the quiet, dark alien world. The dive was 52 feet deeper than any previous manned dive, Vescovo's Five Deeps Expedition said. They also saw a spoon worm, a pink snailfish, and a colored rocky outcrops, all inhabitants of the deep sea.

Scientists plan to test the newly-discovered creatures to see if they contain microplastics.

The Five Deeps Expedition is exploring the planet's deepest undersea places. Humanity's waste had reached the deepest parts of the sea floor. "Those maps, once we've processed them and cleaned them up, they will get put on online repositories, so they will be made available to anyone who wants to use them", said Jamieson. They also found pollution. It took 3.5 to 4 hours to reach the record-breaking depth - a flat, beige basin covered with a thick layer of silt.

"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", Mr Vescovo said after arriving in Guam after the completion of the dives.

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