WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The deepest-ever diving expedition in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench has discovered trash littering the ocean floor.
- Retired naval officer and Texas investor Victor Vescovo discovered the manmade material which is still being determined if it is plastic.
- An estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic waste has now reached the world’s oceans, according to the United Nations.
Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, a diving expedition made an unsettling discovery: trash on the ocean floor.
Retired naval officer and Texas investor Victor Vescovo made the deepest dive ever by a human inside a submarine, descending nearly 6.8 miles (35,853 feet/10,928 meters).
In a statement made on Monday, his expedition declared that this dive explored 52 feet (16 meters) deeper than the previous deepest descent in the trench way back in 1960.
According to the spokeswoman for Vescovo’s Five Deeps Expedition, Stephanie Fitzherbert, the manmade material discovered on the ocean floor is still being determined if it is plastic.
The United Nations have reported on the epidemic proportions of plastic waste – an estimated 100 million tonnes of which have now reached the world’s oceans.
Vescovo is also the Dallas-based co-founder of the private equity fund Insight Equity Holdings. His expedition has made four dives in his submarine, “DSV Limiting Factor,” in the last three weeks, collecting biological and rock samples in the Mariana Trench.
The deepest point in the ocean, known as Challenger Deep, has been explored by humans for three times now. The last visit was in 2012 when Canadian moviemaker James Cameron reached a depth of 35,787 feet (10,908 meters) in his submarine.
The U.S. Navy made the first-ever expedition to Challenger Deep in 1960 and reached a depth of 10,912 meters.