Among the pink snailfish and prawn-like crustaceans Victor Vescovo encountered as he broke the record for the world's deepest dive, he also saw something a bit more alarming: a plastic bag.

Driving the news: Vescovo dove nearly 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, BBC reports.

The big picture: In the past decade, plastic has begun to be detected in some of the most remote spots of the ocean, among marine creatures — and even in the air.

  • Last year, a study of old footage identified a plastic bag lying 35,756 feet into the Mariana Trench, per HuffPost.
  • Sailors found a considerable amount of microplastics in water samples at Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the world's oceans.
    • Microplastics can take thousands of years to degrade and can cause health problems for marine life if ingested.

Go deeper: Plastics are "potentially everywhere"

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 20,739,537 — Total deaths: 751,910— Total recoveries: 12,895,242Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 5,242,184 — Total deaths: 166,971 — Total recoveries: 1,755,225 — Total tests: 64,612,034Map.
  3. Politics: House Democrats to investigate scientist leading "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine projectMcConnell announces Senate will not hold votes until Sept. 8 unless stimulus deal is reached.
  4. 2020: Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive coronavirus briefings 4 times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
  6. Business: Why the CARES Act makes 2020 the best year for companies to lose money.
  7. Public health: Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments Cases are falling, but don't get too comfortable.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.

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Behind the scenes: How the Israel-UAE deal came together

Trump, Kushner and Netanyahu (L-R). Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty

The breakthrough in talks between the U.S., Israel and UAE on a normalization deal came two months ago, White House officials tell me.

Behind the scenes: Talks had been ongoing for more than a year, but they gained new urgency ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's July 1 deadline to move ahead on West Bank annexations.