New York (dpa) – An American explorer who reached the deepest points on planet Earth in a submarine said on Monday that he found man-made waste there…

Victor Vescovo, who became the first human to make multiple dives to the deepest points of the planet, said that as well as three new species of marine animals, during his explorations he found human-made rubbish.

The 53-year-old recorded the two deepest solo dives in a submersible, registered at 10,928 and 10,927 metres, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

“[During one of the dives] I found two pieces of human refuse, it’s not quite clear what it was but it was definitely man-made,” Vescovo told an audience at the Explorers Club in New York City on Monday.

“I’m cruising around the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and it’s beautiful, serene, in a kind of sterile way but there is wildlife, and you see it, it’s unmistakable, that’s man made, it has sharp edges.”

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Vescovo said that during the missions it was rare not to find rubbish, “hopefully it just brings more awareness that what we are doing in the oceans, it’s not just one large garbage bin and we should treat it with a bit more respect.”

His dives were part of the Five Deeps Expedition, which aims to explore the deepest points of the world’s five oceans. Vescovo and his team have completed four of the five so far between April 28 and May 7.

The exploration is being filmed for a five-part Discovery Channel documentary series due to air later this year.

Author: ANA Newswire