James Cameron on his Mariana Trench dive: 'It was very lunar, desolated, isolated'

james-cameron-mariana-trench.jpgSunday, March 25 at approximately 10 p.m. ET, filmmaker James Cameron returned from visiting the deepest part of the world's oceans - the Mariana Trench, located roughly 300 miles southwest of Guam. Cameron became the first human to reach the 6.8-mile-deep trench solo.

While down there, Cameron spent several hours using the submersible's tools, a sediment sampler, a robotic claw, a "slurp gun" for sucking up small seacreatures for study at the surface, and temperature, salinity, and pressure gauges, to collect video and samples, which scientists will now study.

Monday morning, Cameron and his crew gave a press conference in which Cameron says, "Most people know me as a filmmaker, but the idea of ocean and exploration has always been the stronger driver in my life."

"The sub preformed very well for being exposed for the first time. We plan to go back and do a number of dives over next few weeks," he adds. "This is a vast frontier that's going to take us a while to understand. It was very lunar, desolated, isolated ... You're going to have to stay tuned. It's not a one-time deal where we go down and answer every question."

And finally, he says that naturally this experience will make its way into his movies.

"The experience of building the sub and the expedition will find a place in the films I make in the future," says Cameron.

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