It was the voyage to break the record for the world’s deepest ocean dive.
But at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, in among the discovery of new sea creatures and other marine life, Victor Vescovo came across something far more surprising — and concerning — during his four-hour excursion.
At the bottom of the 11km trench sat small piles of rubbish and lolly wrappers. Humanity’s waste had reached the deepest parts of the sea floor.
According to CBS, the first deep dive into the Mariana Trench was in 1960, when US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard ventured into the deep abyss of the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, movie director James Cameron made a solo trip into the Mariana Trench, however Mr Vescovo’s team broke Cameron’s previous records by about 11 metres.