American explorer Victor Vescovo has completed a record breaking submarine dive, reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The dive took him 7 miles below the surface and when he reached the ocean bed he discovered a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.
This marks the first time plastic, previously thought to be a man-made product, has been found growing in its natural environment. The discovery could revolutionise the way humanity looks at waste and recycling.
It is the first time humans have reached the bottom of the trench, following expeditions in 1960 and 2012.
Speculation abounds as to how the plastic growth was missed on previous visits. Some vocal minorities on social media are claiming it is evidence of a long-standing government hoax, allowing them to claim the material is harmful and tax it at ever-increasing rates, especially so called ‘single use plastics’.
After making contact with the bottom of the trench Mr Vescovo spent 4 hours exploring.
It is believed he was searching for a more densely forested area which has already been dubbed The Polythene Fields. If real they could be a multi-billion pound resource which governments and private investors would go to great lengths to control. But which would cause untold damage to the stainless steel water bottle industry.
Once safely back on land he was greeted by Don Walsh, one of the two men who reached the bottom during the 1960 expedition.
Mr Walsh congratulated Mr Vescovo before leaning in and appearing to say words to the effect of, ‘If you tell anyone I left my rubbish down there I will end you.’