- Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau and Erika Bergman found plastic soil on the bottom of the Great Blue Hole.
- The crew found plastic bottles at the deepest point of the sinkhole.
- Branson hopes that the Fund will increase awareness of the protection of the ocean and its response to climate change.
Already in early December, Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau took the first dive to the depths of the 410-meter deep Great Blue Hole of Belize . Part of one of the largest coral reefs in the world – the Mesoamerican Reef.
What did they find at the bottom of the world's largest sinkhole? Well, it's pretty sad.
Branson and Cousteau, along with Erika Bergman, her submersible pilot, discovered that even the deepest parts of one of the world's most mysterious places can not avoid plastic pollution.
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"As for the mythical monsters of the deep, well, the real monsters facing the ocean are the Climate Change – and Plastics "Branson wrote in a diary of his dive. "Unfortunately, at the end of the hole we saw plastic bottles that are a real scourge of the ocean."
The unfortunate reality that Branson's expedition shows is that no place is safe from plastic pollution – just look The plastic bags found scientists at the foot of the Mariana Trench the deepest natural point in the world (over 87 times lower than the Great Blue Hole at 35,755 feet) or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating island twice the size of Texas and so dense that it destroyed the ocean-saving device to clean it up.
Branson also noted the visible changes in the rock that marked the once dry caves of the dry and consumed by the ocean, calling it "one of the most blatant memories of the threat of climate change" he had ever seen.
In addition to the discovery of the bottles, the crew found crabs, shells and other living things that had fallen on them the bottom of the sinkhole and died of lack of oxygen under a thick layer of hydrogen sulfide.
"Hopefully, through this journey, we have created an even greater awareness of the need to protect the ocean and tackle climate change now – before it's too late," Branson wrote. 19659016] Weather Company's primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company IBM.