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The world record for the deepest dive in history has just been broken by Dallas businessman and explorer Victor Vescovo, who plunged down 35,853ft into the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep—the deepest known point on Earth.
The depth achieved by Vescovo was 66 feet deeper than the previous record for a solo dive, held by film director James Cameron, who reached 35,787ft in 2012. The previous record for the world’s deepest dive (not solo) was 35,813ft, performed in 1960.
Deep Planet, a Discovery Channel documentary series that’s been following Vescovo’s attempt, will allow viewers to travel with the underwater explorer down to this mysterious, unexplored region.
In an interview with Newsweek, Vescovo said he started thinking about attempting the dive in 2012 after he’d climbed the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents. His plan was to dive to the deepest parts of all five of Earth’s oceans. He broke the record for the deepest dive during his second expedition into the Mariana Trench.
Explaining what the experience was like, he said: “The bottom was a flat, beige basin of sorts with a very thick layer of silt. There were some small, translucent animals that gently undulate to move about—but there was definitely life at the very bottom of the ocean, it was not dead by any means. It felt absolutely extraordinary to be in a technical creation by man, with 16,000 psi crushing in against the hull and viewports, and yet I almost felt like I was sitting in an aircraft cockpit. A bit cooler because of the temperature, but it was amazing that human ingenuity and engineering could allow us to easily travel to this extremely inhospitable place to continue exploring our world. I felt very excited and privileged to get to see it, but also very much at peace because it really is a quiet, peaceful, place.”
During the dive, Vescovo encountered a variety of “weird creatures,” including a spoon worm at a depth of almost 23,000 feet—deeper than the species had ever before been encountered. Cameras also captured a snailfish, the fish that lives at the deepest depth, at 26,250 ft.
During the dive he encountered several unexpected things, saying that some of the footage they came back with was “amazing.”
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