Fishing the Challenger Deep

Going to need to take the generator to back up the electric reel. Not really, daydreaming out-loud. Watched a show about it recently and am fascinated by it. In case you need some background info:

The Mariana Trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean.

It was discovered in 1951 by researchers aboard the British survey ship Challenger.

Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in Earth’s oceans.

The bottom there is 35,840 feet below sea level.

Amazingly on  ——->January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh boarded the Bathyscaphe Trieste sea vessel and descended to that deepest part of the ocean.

Lieutenant Don Walsh, USN, and Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe TRIESTE. Location: Marianas Trench, 1960.

NOAA Ship Collection.

The descent into the Challenger Deep took nearly five hours. Once the Bathyscaphe Trieste reached the sea floor, Walsh and Piccard observed their surroundings. The ship’s light allowed them to see what they described as a dark brown “diatomaceous ooze” covering the sea floor, along with shrimp and some fish that appeared to resemble flounder and sole.

This was the original Press release from USN regarding the dive:

Department of Navy Press Release

February 1, 1960

ABOARD THE USS LEWIS OFF GUAM–(NAVNEWS)–The Navy’s bathyscaph Trieste again set a world’s diving record when she probed 37,800 feet to the depths of the Marianas Trench, deepest known hole in the world’s oceans, Jan. 23.

Lt. Don Walsh of San Diego, Calif., and Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard, operating from this destroyer escort, made the descent. No difficulties were experienced during the dive, during which the Trieste was subjected to a pressure of 16, 883 pounds per square inch (more than a thousand times greater than the pressure at sea level).

This depth program has been named “Project Nekton” and, according to a Navy announcement, provides “scientific knowledge of sunlight penetration, underwater visibility, transmission of man-made sounds, and marine geological studies.” The Trieste had previously made two record-setting dives, the last on Jan. 7 when she descended to 24,000 feet.

There was light outside the Trieste until about 800 feet, according to Lt. Walsh. At about 6000 feet, the chill from the water forced both men to don warmer clothing. The entire descent required 4 hours and 48 minutes. Once done, about 20 minutes was spent on the bottom making observations and recording data. Lights enabled the men to see living and moving objects. The return trip to the surface was made in 3 hours and 17 minutes.

ADM Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, sent congratulations to the two men. He termed their record-breaking feat an accomplishment that ” may well mark the opening of a new age in exploration of the depths of the ocean which can well be as important as exploration in space has been in the past.”

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I don’t want to give it all away, it’s a fascinating read regarding the whole experience. We have never been able to do it again with human driving the sub. These two men were truly pioneers and explorers.

The deepest I have fished is about 2000 feet in the canyons. I want to stay there forever when I am there.  I imagine what is below and every once in a while get a little glimmer when something comes to the surface.  I love fishing and  am absolutely fascinated by what is “living” below the boat.

Hope everyone has a great time on the water this year… take pics of things other than your catch …send them to me and I’ll post them (thank you). It’s all apart of the experience in my humble opinion. * And remember float your plan with someone and make sure you have all your safety equipment up to date.



7 thoughts on “Fishing the Challenger Deep

  1. I’m not big on Blogs, but your take on the ocean and fishing is intresting. I’m an avid fisherman and really enjoy your commentary. Keep up the good work.

    John Miller

  2. I don’t know who you are John Miller but you just made my day. Thank you and I will not give up! 🙂

    1. Just another person who has a sincere love for FISHING! You sum it up in Slack Tide. I gain alot of spirituality on the water. Not much of a religous person but I do find myself at ease on the water.

      Keep the rods bent!

  3. Awesome post, I had no idea we’ve dived so deep. And nice safety reminder at the end there, people overlook that sort of thing too often

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