Sunday, March 25, 2012

Congrats, James Cameron!

James Cameron's successful stunt to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench has been successful, according to National Geographic.  What an amazing feat!  He's calling it the first solo dive to Challenger Deep, seeing as Walsh and Picard dove together in 1960.

And that photo?  Well, based on the angle of this photo, Challenger Deep is only about 190 miles to the right of these kids.  And these kids were totally stoked that James Cameron was diving the trench.

Now that James Cameron has been to the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, I hope that he'll come back to the Marianas and share his adventure with the people living here.  I can think of about 400 students that I've met over the last few weeks that would go crazy to meet him, to be the first to see his videos, to be among the first to hear his stories.

So if someone attached to the Deepsea Challenge is reading this, the Godfather of the Mariana Trench Monument (that's me) is personally inviting you to come to Guam this week.  And if you come to Saipan next week, I'll throw a parade for you and have you declared the International (Intergalactic, why not?)  Ambassador to the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument.

Why do you ask?  Because we want your voice to be added to the voices calling for conservation of our ocean.  This morning at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Council meeting on Guam, Governor Eddie Calvo called attention to the 7 miles of ocean lying between the surface and the bottom of the Mariana Trench.  That ecosystem needs conservation management.  And with the world's attention on James Cameron, there is no better ambassador right now (at least until Richard Branson gets to the bottom of the trench).

1 comment:

Dane Hodges said...