Monday, March 26, 2012

James Cameron's Deep Sea Adventure

Earlier this month, James Cameron announced his plans to go on the first human dive in 52 years to the ocean's deepest spot, a place nearly seven miles down in the western Pacific.
He has recently just returned and reports no sea monsters, no giant squids and no strange life. Just tiny amphipods--tiny shrimp-like creatures floating across a featureless dark emptiness.
“It was very lunar, a very desolate place,” James Cameron said, upon his return on Monday to a news conference. He says that while "we'd all like to think there are giant squid and sea monsters down there" this trip, he saw nothing larger than an inch across.
However, this will not stop him as he says it is only the beginning. The area he is looking to explore is 50 times larger than the Grand Canyon.
National Geographic, which sponsored the trip, reported that Cameron began his dive on Sunday at 3:15 p.m., landed on the bottom at 5:52 p.m. and was back at the surface at 10 p.m.
“You’re in total darkness for most of the dive,” Mr. Cameron said. “It’s a completely alien world.”

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