What’s lurking in the deepest depths of the ocean?

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-05-14 14:29

A deep-sea explorer found garbage in the deepest waters ever explored

If you’ve ever wondered what’s hiding deep in the ocean, Victor Vescovo has the answer.

And he was disappointed by what he found.

Vescovo is an investor and explorer from Texas, and he recently took a submarine more than 10 kilometres under water in the Pacific Ocean.

A city skyline with a very tall skyscraper.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was completed in 2010 (Karim Sahib/Reuters)

He went deeper than anyone has gone before, only to discover trash.

A man is hunched over, in the cockpit of a submarine.

Undersea explorer Victor Vescovo pilots his submarine, called the DSV Limiting Factor. (Atlantic Productions for Discovery Channel/Reuters)

He found metal or plastic objects. One had writing on it.

“It was very disappointing to see obvious human contamination of the deepest point in the ocean,” Vescovo said.

But that’s not all he found.

He discovered some species that had never been found before, like shrimp-like arthropods with long legs and antennae.

He also found translucent sea pigs, similar to sea cucumbers.

A sea cucumber is seen on the ocean floor near Palm Beach, Florida. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Reuters)

Vescovo hopes his discovery will raise awareness about all the garbage that’s dumped in the ocean.

He wants governments to do more to prevent it.

Plastic waste is creating a huge pollution problem in our oceans because whales and other sea creatures are eating it.

A small submarine is hoisted on a boat.

This is the submarine that Victor Vescovo took to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. (Atlantic Productions for Discovery Channel/Tamara Stubbs/Reuters)

With files from Thomson Reuters

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