He’s won an Academy Award and created two of the highest grossing films of all time, and now he’s the third person to reach Earth’s deepest point. James Cameron really has done it all.
Fulfilling a dream of his in a vehicle he helped design, Cameron went 7 miles deep into the ocean. When he got to the bottom, he didn’t see any creatures or anything exciting. He just saw tiny shrimp, so he decided to appreciate the moment and realize where he was.
“There had to be a moment where I just stopped, and took it in, and said, `This is where I am; I’m at the bottom of the ocean, the deepest place on Earth. What does that mean?’” Cameron told reporters in a conference call this morning.
He’s the only person to go that deep solo, and the first since the initial exploration in 1960. He spent three hours at the bottom, which is longer than the 20 minutes the initial explorers sent there. He spent his time doing what else? Filming. He filmed the bottom and tried to collect samples, until the hydraulics system broke so he had to abandon that.
He then returned to the top in 70 minutes, which was surprising considering it took over 2 hours to reach the bottom. One thing the journey wasn’t was comfortable, however. The sub was small enough to fit his body in, and he could barely move. His head hit one area and his feet the opposite side. Not only that, but the temperature in the sub was over 100 degrees fahrenheit. Of course, as he got deeper that number dropped a bit as the temperature outside the tank dropped to 36 degrees. On top of all that, the pressure on the sub was equivalent to three SUVs on a single toe.
Bravo James Cameron, bravo. [Moviefone]