The tandem of Filipino scientist Deo Onda and American explorer Victor Vescovo is giving people the rare opportunity to see one of the deepest points on Earth located in the Philippine Trench – the Emden Deep.
The team-up of Onda and Vescovo released never-before-seen footage of their journey into the third deepest point on the planet, which went live on Youtube on Good Friday (April 2).
The video contains a behind-the-scenes look into the preparations and training both divers underwent before venturing into the trench while onboard the DSSV Pressure Drop.
According to Onda, this trip, which was organized by Caladan Oceanic, is the first attempt to deep dive into the Emden Deep.
“The Emden Deep Expedition is the first attempt to actually go to the third deepest spot on Earth. It’s never been done before. We don’t even know where the exact spot is [the Emden Deep],” he explained in the video.
Onda, who works as a microbial oceanographer at the University of the Philippines, is the first Filipino to descend more than 30,000 feet into the Philippine Trench.
The deep-sea journey was made possible through Vescovo’s effort, who also owns Caladan Oceanic.
Although it will be Vescovo’s first trip into the Philippine Trench, he’s no stranger when it comes to deep-sea explorations. The retired naval officer and undersea explorer visited the deepest points in all five oceans of the world, specifically the Puerto Rico Trench, South Sandwich Trench, Sunda Trench, Mariana Trench, and the Tonga Trench, during his Five Deeps Expedition between 2018 and 2019.
He also holds the Guinness World Record for covering the greatest vertical distance without leaving Earth’s surface.
During the duo’s deep dive into the Emden Deep, they were able to reach 10,045 meters into the trench. Vescovo reported their location to the crew of the expedition, who all lit up in excitement.
While observing, the two noticed a significant amount of debris above the seafloor, which consisted of colored plastic materials. According to Vescovo, it was more than what he initially expected.
“Debris down here is much more than I expected,” Vescovo remarked.
Although bothered by what they saw, the two congratulated each other for a successful trip down the Philippine Trench.
While holding the Philippine flag, Onda proudly declared: “Sa mga Pilipino, ito po ang Emden Deep. Atin ito!”
The exploration of the Philippine Trench occurred from March 22 to March 28, 2021.
You can watch the video below.
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Image credit: Caladan Oceanic’s Official Youtube Channel