Yet again, single-use plastic is proving to remain everywhere in our ocean.
Victor Vescovo, an American undersea explorer journeyed 10,927 metres (35,853 feet) to the deepest place in the ocean - the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.
Victor Vescovo has confirmed to have discovered sea creatures alongside with single-use plastic bags and wrappers at the deepest place in the ocean. But, this isn't the first time, it's actually the third time recorded that plastic has been found in the deepest parts of the ocean.
Vescovo spent four hours exploring the bottom of the Mariana Trench in his submersible. During this time, Vescovo has observed many marine creatures - one being potentially a new species. Unfortunately, he also came across many single-use plastic items including lolly wrappers and a plastic bag.
10,994 Deepest natural trench in metres
1960 First dive
3 Number of dives to date
2,146 Higher than Mount Everest in metres, if inverted
Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans - that's equivalent to a commercial rubbish truck loaded with plastic being dumped into the ocean every single minute.
Plastic pollution is proving to be one of the most serious threats to ocean ecosystems. We can't hide anymore from the mess we have created. Will you let it continue and grow, or will you take action?
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