Dallas Businessman Makes Deepest Ocean Dive Ever
Victor Vescovo descended 35,853 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep
After completing the deepest ocean dive in history, Dallas businessman Victor Vescovo came back to the surface with news that there are plastic bags and candy wrappers at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
In a titanium Triton submersible watercraft called Limiting Factor, Vescovo descended 35,853 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep at the southern end of the trench in the Pacific Ocean.
During multiple trips, one of which took four hours, to the bottom of the trench, Vescovo’s Five Deeps Expedition broke the previous world record for a manned dive by 52 feet.
“It is almost indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did,” Vescovo said after the completion of the dives. “This submarine and its mother ship, along with its extraordinarily talented expedition team, took marine technology to an unprecedented new level by diving – rapidly and repeatedly – into the deepest, harshest area of the ocean. We feel like we have just created, validated, and opened a powerful door to discover and visit any place, any time, in the ocean – which is 90 percent unexplored.”
What's it like at the bottom of #MarianaTrench, 35,853 ft below the waves? This habitat is home to an array of unique creatures incl Arrowtooth Eel, Grenadiers, Cusk Eel, Snailfish, and more… The @FiveDeeps team also found plastic waste on the ocean floor.😔🌊 #DeepPlanet pic.twitter.com/SKqZvYCec0
— Science Channel (@ScienceChannel) May 13, 2019
In addition to the trash, Vescovo discovered what his team believes to be four new species of crustaceans called amphipods.
With his dives, Vescovo became the first person to have summited Mount Everest, traveled to the bottom of the ocean and skied to both the North and South poles.
Next up for Vescovo and the Five Deeps Expedition is a dive to the Horizon Deep within the Tonga Trench in the South Pacific.
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