An American underwater explorer completes the deepest solo dive in history before surfacing with troubling news of what he found down below.
Victor Vescovo traveled over 35,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench on May first, successfully completing the deepest submarine dive to date.
In the four hour trek down through the depths of the ocean, Vescovo spotted sea creatures – and trash.
The diver reports seeing candy wrappers and a plastic bag as far as seven miles down.
Scientists are planning on testing the creatures collected for microplastics to see just how widespread pollution is for our marine life and waterways.
The Pacific dive – recorded for the Discovery Channel’s series “Deep Planet” – is part of Vescovo’s “five deeps expedition”.