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.
- 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"