Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag

Vescovo broke the previous Mariana Trench diving record by about 36 feet.             
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Victor Vescovo reached a depth of 35,853 feet on April 28 during a dive to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point on earth.

On May 1, Vescovo set a record for the deepest dive and deepest solo dive, using a titanium Triton submersible called Limiting Factor to descend 35,853 feet, the Five Deeps Expedition announced Monday morning.

But Vescovo and his team are not stopping now, with another dive of the Horizon Deep within the Tonga Trench in the South Pacific Ocean coming up next.

Vescovo, a 53-year-old financier with a naval background, tells CNN Travel his journey to the depths was about testing the limits of human endeavor as much as scientific discovery.

Vescovo's next challenge is to reach the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, which he plans to do in August.

In the last three weeks, the expedition has made four dives in the Mariana Trench in Vescovo's submarine, DSV Limiting Factor, collecting biological and rock samples.

The team claims to have discovered four new species of prawn-like crustaceans called amphipods, observed a creature called a spoon worm more than 22,000 feet down and a pink snailfish at more than 26,000 feet down, BBC reported.

"There were some small, translucent animals", Vescovo said.

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

To show how deep it is, think about this: If you were to drop Mount Qomolangma, which is more than 8,000 meters tall, into the Mariana Trench, there would still be almost two kilometers of water between the mountain's summit and the surface.

The Mariana trench is deep enough to completely submerge Mount Everest.

The creative director of Atlantic Productions, Anthony Geffen, explained it is the hardest thing he has ever filmed, due to the near-freezing temperatures and pitch black the sub operates in.

"We feel like we have just created, validated and opened a powerful door to discover and visit any place, any time, in the ocean - which is 90 percent unexplored", said Vescovo.

Victor Vescovo, a private equity investor, climbed the highest peaks on the planet's seven continents before turning his attention to the ocean's extreme depths.

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. It is built to dive for 16 hours at a time-but also has emergency air supplies for a further 96 hours.

"Honestly, towards the end, I simply turned the thrusters off, leaned back in the cockpit, and enjoyed a tuna fish sandwich while I very slowly drifted just above the bottom of the deepest place on earth, enjoying the view and appreciating what the team had done technically", he says.

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