Explorer says record-breaking deep dive “opening the door for science”


“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care
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An American diver set a new record for the deepest dive in history last month when he plunged nearly 36,000 feet.

Though he was the first to make it to those depths, man’s impact is already present there with plastic scattered among the sea creatures.

“In most of the depths I’ve been down [to] I’ve seen contamination of plastic or things I can’t even recognize but they’re definitely man-made which is really unfortunate,” Vescovo said…

Read Full Article; CBS (01-14-2019)

A Troubling Discovery in the Deepest Ocean Trenches, The Atlantic (02-27-2019)
In the Mariana Trench, the lowest point in any ocean, every tiny animal tested had plastic pollution hiding in its gut…

More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded; Science Daily (07-19-2017)
Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study.

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists; Guardian UK (03-12-2018)

Microplastics pollute most remote and uncharted areas of the ocean; Guardian UK (02-12-2018)
First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Currently scientists can only account for 1% of the plastic they think is in the ocean…

Video captures moment plastic enters food chain, BBC News (03-11-2017)
A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. The footage shows one way that plastic waste could be entering the marine and global food chain…

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry, The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world’s oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land…