Deepest underwater dive in human history finds plastic on ocean floor

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Details of his trip were released on Monday.

Mr Vescovo journeyed 10,927 metres to the bottom of the Challenger Deep as part of a mission to explore the world's deepest underwater places.

Over 50 years later, Canadian explorer and filmmaker (writer and director of movies such as "Avatar" and the "Titanic") James Cameron took the first solo dive and reached a depth of 35,787 feet (10,908 m)".

"We wanted to prove the capability of the submarine and the whole system by diving there repeatedly and really, hopefully, opening the door for science", Vescovo said.

The dive series has helped the Five Deeps research team identify three new species of marine animals, including a type of long-appendaged Amphipod.

Unwelcome find: While Vescovo potentially discovered four new species, he also found a plastic bag and candy wrappers.

Vescovo, a private equity investor who climbed the world's highest peaks before taking on the world's deepest ocean depths, funded the diving expedition into the Mariana Trench himself, according to the BBC.

Humanity's impact on the planet was also evident with the discovery of plastic pollution. "But we ignore it at our peril".

The first-ever expedition to Challenger Deep was made by the United States Navy in 1960.

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"Our goal was to build a submersible capable of repeated dives to any depth with its pedigree and security assured by third-party accreditation", said Patrick Lahey, President of Triton Submarines.

"Going to the extremes I believe is a natural inclination of man", Vescovo said.

"It is not often we see something that is so extraordinary that it leaves us speechless", said chief expedition scientist Dr Alan Jamieson.

The dive to the ocean's deepest point turned up some surprises. "I think it is a wonderful part of human nature that makes us want to push ourselves to the limits, which has helped propel us as a species to where we are now".

"This vehicle is effectively a reliable elevator that can transport us to any depth, in any ocean".

Rob McCallum from EYOS Expeditions, the company managing the expedition, described the achievement as a "monumental week for ocean exploration".

Prior to Vescovo's monumental dive, only two people had successfully made it to the bottom of Challenger Deep.

The expedition is being filmed for Discovery Channel. Over the past six months, Vescovo's expedition conducted dives in the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Java Trench in Indian Ocean.

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