Deep sea divers find plastic bags while exploring uncharted waters

Victor Vescovo spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench

In total, he spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench in his submersible, built to withstand the huge pressure of the deep.

The dive was later verified to be 10,972m and Victor became the first person to reach the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean.

An American diver set a new record for the deepest dive in history last month when he plunged almost 36,000 feet.

"There were some small, translucent animals", gently moving about, Vescovo said.

Most of the plastic found at the bottom of the sea by divers (89%) has one thing in common, the Deep Sea Debris Database reported: it's waste such as plastic bottles and bags, created to be used just once, then thrown away.

Victor Vescovo and his submarine "The Limiting Factor" are recovered after completing the deepest dive in history.

After spending hours crisscrossing the bottom of the Challenger Deep, collecting video evidence of different wildlife, geological formations and man-made objects, Vescovo stopped for a second.

Vescovo spent hours at bottom of the Challenger Deep but at some point chose to relax and take the view in.

"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", said Vescovo after arriving in Guam after the completion of the dives.

He found sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.

The previous record was held by "Titanic" director James Cameron in 2012. Long before that, in 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh together descended 35,813 feet into the Mariana Trench.

Deep Sea Diving is one of the most outdoor adventurous actiivites that many people resort to while holidaying.

Vescovo said he wasn't surprised by the discovery, though, disappointed to see "human contamination" in the deep ocean.

"Most importantly we have opened the door to the final frontier-the exploration of the hadal zone and the workings of the deepest parts of the world's oceans", said Rob McCallum of EYOS Expeditions, whose company is managing the expedition. 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. So far, besides the recent descent into the Mariana Trench, Vescovo has also dived the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean (8,376m/27,480ft down), the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean (7,433m/24,388ft) and the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean (7,192m/23,596ft). She did confirm that whatever Vescovo found at the bottom of the ocean floor is "something that resembled man made waste" but could not say whether it was a plastic bag.

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