A dirty secret deep down

Date: April 6, 2021

Source: The Star

When Filipino oceanographer Deo Florence Onda and American explorer Victor Vescovo descended into the Emden Deep in the Philippine Trench, the third deepest point in the world, they were met with almost complete stillness.

At a depth of 10,045m, they peered through the small windows of the deep-sea submersible DSV Limiting Factor and watched their surroundings move as if in slow motion.

Vescovo was then surprised when he caught sight of two black eyes staring at them, only to realise they belonged to a teddy bear.

Both he and Onda soon saw that more “travellers” had made the deep dive way before they did: Plastic bags and packaging, even clothes, were half-buried in the sediment.

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