There are so many mysteries that surround the earth and man is always trying to find answers. Whether it is the highest peak or the deepest part of the sea. Though a lot of people would have wished to go to the deepest part of the sea, James Cameron, the well known director from Hollywood, actually went ahead and gave this deep diving a shot. James Cameron’s dive into the deepest part of the earth, the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep was an amazing success. And what’s more, Cameron also set a record by going to the deepest depths of the pacific. He took a vertical torpedo down to the deepest part of the pacific and spent almost 3 hours under sea exploring the place. The descent itself took around 3 hours for him to reach the deepest point. The explorer and director was ecstatic after this expedition.
Coming back from the tour he said the deepest of the pacific is barren and clear with hardly any life. He said the only things he came across were small squid like creatures. He did not see any other kind of fish or sea animals. Though he was equipped to spend almost six hours underneath, a hydraulic leak prompted him to resurface earlier. The leak blurred his vision to the outside by fogging the view window and he had to make the journey back in a hurry. He was to spend the time shooting and collecting samples. He has brought back some amazing footage of the deep waters. But unfortunately he could not get too many samples for experiment due to some fault in the arm attachment of the torpedo which was to be used to collect the samples. Cameron said that this only means that he would have to do this all over again. And he is waiting for the next trip already.
This marks the start of extreme technology which has made this trip of James Cameron possible. Though technical faults are part of such expeditions, improvements will definitely benefit the next consecutive expeditions. Cameron described his journey at a press conference later. He said the only swimming creatures were the amphipods. The surface was plain and soft. He said that the bottom was dull with nothing at all. It was almost bear like the surface of the moon. Even the temperature was cold and pressure was immense. He described the temperature difference and said that when he had started the journey it was extremely hot but as he descended the sunlight disappeared and it was extremely dark and the temperature dipped down drastically to freezing points. Scientist however think that the sea bed might contain microbial species which are rare and not yet been discovered. The 57 year old explorer was put in almost like an astronaut with all technical equipment attached around him which included the cameras, lights and so on. The last expedition at the Trench had been done in 1960 by retired navy captain Don Walsh.
The deep sea exploration is very vast and this dive is just the beginning. Maybe the next trip by James Cameron might bring back the samples that scientists are waiting for and help unfold at least few of the mysteries that lie below.