Explorer dives to deepest point in the ocean, stunned to find plastic

Explorer dives to deepest point in the ocean, stunned to find plastic

Vescovo dove in a submersible called the Limiting Factor, now the world's deepest-diving operational submarine.

An American explorer who set a new record for the deepest ever manned sea dive says he saw a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom of the ocean.

A previous expedition to the depths of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench also found plastic pollution on the sea bed.

In the last three weeks, the expedition has made four dives in the Mariana Trench in his submarine "DSV Limiting Factor", collecting biological and rock samples. Its mission is to chart and conduct detailed sonar mapping at the five deepest places in the ocean: the Puerto Rico Trench (Atlantic Ocean), the South Sandwich Trench (South Atlantic), the Java Trench (Indian Ocean) and Molloy Deep (Arctic Ocean), according to CNN.

The last visit to Challenger Deep also set a depth record at 35,787 feet.

Down there he found incredible sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.

Now Victor Vescovo has broken the record for the deepest dive - by an extra 11m.

An American diver has found a plastic bag almost seven miles beneath the surface of the ocean, during a record-breaking dive.

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Vescovo and his team believe they have discovered four new species of prawn-like crustaceans called amphipods.

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.

"It's just an unfortunate outcome of multiple billions people on earth and all we consume", he said. The deepest deep-sea dive ever may have just found them, the BBC reports.

"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.

The Five Deeps Expedition is being filmed for a five-part Discovery Channel documentary series due to air in late 2019.

The final challenge will be to reach the bottom of the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, which is now scheduled for August 2019.

Diving isn't Vescovo's only passion- he's also a climber.

The only two other people to reach these depths was in 2012 by filmmaker James Cameron in his submersible, the Deepsea Challenger, and Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard of the US Navy in the Trieste a deep submarine in 1960.

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