A Dallas businessman just completed a dive that is said to be the deepest dive in history.
Victor Vescovo dove to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench. Vescovo is now an investor, but he’s already climbed to the highest peak on every continent and skied to both poles.
“It’s just been incredibly rewarding and I just feel very thankful,” Vescovo said.
Last December, Victor started an expedition with a goal to reach the deepest point in each of the five oceans.
“I was thinking, 'What’s a different type of challenge?'” Vescovo said. “And I was in the Navy for about 20 years, so I’ve always been drawn to the sea, so I thought it was kind of a nice symmetry to start diving in the oceans instead of going up mountains.”
Now he only has the Arctic left.
The dive in the Pacific is known as the deepest point on planet Earth.
Check out more photos from the expedition in the gallery below.
The last time a person visited this ocean’s floor was 2012 when Canadian Filmmaker James Cameron reached a depth of more than 35,700 feet. Vescovo’s team says he descended to more 35,800 feet, 7 miles down.
“I was shocked to learn that four of the five oceans have never been visited at their bottoms so I thought, we have the technology, it looks like somebody has to put their mind to it to do it, so that’s what we did,” Vescovo said. “It was extraordinary to look at the bottom of the ocean with my own eyes.”
But along the way there was some disappointment after he observed candy wrappers and a plastic bag.
“They are amazing places to visit, but it is unfortunate that we are finding human contamination in basically every place that we go,” Vescovo said. “It’s not extensive, but it definitely is present.”
“It’s disappointing to see human contamination in what you would hope would be pristine places, but there are 7 billion people on this earth and we all consume a lot and the ocean’s act as a collection point for a lot of things,” Vescovo added.
Later this year he complete the last of his deep dives.
“I can’t wait to finish the overall expedition of going to all five oceans,” Vescovo said.