National Geographic : 1960 Jan
Nearly two miles down in the Pacific, scientists find currents on the ocean floor and almost get trapped in a rocky gorge Deep Diving off Japan By LT. COMDR. GEORGES S. HOUOT Commander, French Bathyscaphe F.N.R.S. 3 « ELLO, Shinyo Maru. Hello, Shinyo Maru. This is bathyscaphe Callingg" The bathyscaphe has just surfaced in the Pacific, and I am telling our tender by radiotelephone that the dive is over. Beside me in the cast-steel sphere, Professor Tadayoshi Sasaki is putting his equipment and papers in order. He carefully reties them in his furoshiki, the rectangle of cotton cloth often used in Japan in place of a briefcase. Today we have descended 9,850 feet to the floor of the Pacific. For the first time in history the largest of oceans has now been observed by man at a depth of nearly two miles. Plankton and starlike jellyfish, triple life size, 138 spangle flashlit depths off Japan at 3,300 feet ANSCOCHROMEBY THE AUTHOR © N.G .S .