Victor Vescovo is the first person to dive to the deepest points of the Earth’s oceans
American underwater explorer Victor Vescovo has become the first person to dive to the deepest points of the planet’s five oceans. Earlier this year, he set a new deep-diving record in Challenger Deep within the Mariana Trench by reaching some 35,853 feet (10,928 meters) deep in the DSV Limiting Factor submersible.
The Five Deeps Expedition visited the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean, the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, and finally the Molloy Trench in the Arctic Ocean. Vescovo reached the bottom of the Molloy Deep—located 170 miles west of Svalbard, Norway—on August 24th. It was the first manned dive to the Arctic Ocean’s lowest point.
“Going to the extremes I believe is a natural inclination of man,” said the 53-year-old financier. “I think it is a wonderful part of human nature that makes us want to push ourselves to the limits, which has helped propel us as a species to where we are now.”
Vescovo’s epic trip—over 46,000 miles—was filmed by Atlantic Productions for a five-part Discovery Channel documentary series entitled “Deep Planet,” which is airing soon.
The team spotted this mysterious “extraordinary gelatinous animal” on the bottom of the Indian Ocean
The dive was filmed for Discovery Channel, as part of the Five Deeps Expedition
Vescovo dove to the bottom of the Pacific, Indian, Southern, Arctic and Atlantic oceans, over a period of 10 months
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