It’s WILD to share James Cameron’s deep, deep sea explorations just after highlighting his wife Suzy’s deep-passion-in-action Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, but that’s who these people are! Cameron is actually a deep sea veteran, with 76 submersible dives under his belt in a variety of craft. He’s about to attempt his–or any modern deep sea explorer’s–ballsiest one yet. He’ll travel in his 43-inch wide, 24-foot long capsule nearly seven miles to the earth’s most inaccessible spot, the Challenger Deep in the Western Pacific, an “alien world”–a specialty of his, right?–thought to be inhabited by bizarre, real-world species of eel, worm, fish and crustaceans not found anywhere else.
Cameron recently broke the world depth record for modern vehicles previously held by a Japanese submersible. The one he’ll attempt to break next, though beating the record isn’t his primary purpose, is older, from 1960, when two U.S. Navy men plunged nearly seven miles into the Challenger Deep in a 60-foot vehicle. They were on the seabed for just 20 minutes before they got the hell outa there, my claustrophobic emphasis added.
This trip will be far longer if it goes as planned, up to six hours on the ocean floor smack in the middle of the Challenger Deep. Cameron will collect samples for research in biology, microbiology, astrobiology, marine geology, and geophysics, supported by National Geographic–Cameron is currently their Explorer-in-Residence–along with Rolodex, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, the University of Hawaii, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Follow their progress at http://deepseachallenge.com. Truly, deeply WILD!