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Thalassophobia: an intense and persistent fear of the sea.
I’ve only recently discovered the actual term for this phobia that I’ve suffered from for basically my entire life. It’s not a crippling fear in my day-to-day life – I live in Northeast Ohio. But I’m also constantly pressing myself to seek out stories of sea creatures, lost cities, and on and on and on. The thought of being underwater, particularly the ocean, gives me a pit in the middle of my stomach. I cringe at pictures of sunken ships.
Yet here I am, giving you the facts on the scariest part of the ocean. It’s a strange world I live in.
The Challenger Expedition:
At 35,000+ feet deep, this is the deepest known point within the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere.
It was first charted during the HMS Challenger expedition in March of 1875.
There have only been 3 recorded manned descents into the Challenger Deep, the first taking place in 1960 by the Trieste.
It took 5 hours for the Trieste to reach the ocean floor The crew only spent 2o minutes exploring outside of the submersible.
Deepsea Challenger 2012, James “Titanic” Cameron:
In 2012, director James Cameron decided to man his own expedition of the unknown by himself.
He spent 2 hours and 36 minutes on the floor and never saw a single living organism bigger than an inch long.
James Cameron didn’t report much, but in 1960 the crew of the Trieste saw something resembling a large flat fish briefly move its head. Because of Cameron’s findings, most marine biologists feel the crew in 1960 saw a sea cucumber and mistook it for a fish.