Plastic trash found in the depths of the ocean by a Texas investor who set up a submarine dive record in the Pacific Mariana ditch. Victor Vescovo explorer, retired sailor told us that 10,000 927 meters down the deepest ditch in the world, the 1960 diving record was over 15 meters.
He has discovered unknown species so far where people have not been. He spent four hours on the bottom of the ditch studying the wildlife, including long-legged, long-tipped, shrimp-arthropods, and translucent “sea pigs” (Scotoplanes), among the sea-bores.
But in the depths, he discovered something else: angular metal or plastic objects, a plastic bag and a pack of sweets. “It was very disappointing to see man-made rubbish at the deepest point in the ocean,” he said in an interview.
According to the estimates of the world’s oceans, 100 million tons of plastic rubbish has been poured into the UN so far, and scientists have found a large amount of microplastics in the intestines of oceanic mammals. Vescovo hopes his discovery draws attention to the contamination of the oceans and prompts governments to adopt stricter rules. “The ocean is not a huge garbage pool, although many people look at it,” he said.
With his team, he performed several dives on his submarine, on the DSV Limiting Factor designed for extremely high water pressure, collecting rock and biological specimens.
It was the third dive to the ditch and the deepest point of the Earth, to the 11,000-34-meter Challenger depth. The last time James Cameron was a Canadian filmmaker, in 2012 he was 10,000 to 908 meters. The first visit was made by the United States Navy, and they drove to the depth of 10,000 to 912 meters.
In the framework of a major research project called the Five Deeps Project, Vescovo and the team are exploring the secrets of the deepest oceans. Only the deepest part of the Arctic Sea can be reached from the planned expeditions, which is likely to take place in August. The investor will then give the researchers a dedicated submarine.