James Cameron's Sub Sprung Leak

Director: I didn't find anything 'interesting'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 26, 2012 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) James Cameron's trip to the world's deepest spot sounds a wee bit like something of a disappointment. The six hours he intended to spend at the bottom of the sea—filming and gathering geology samples—was cut in half when hydraulic fluid started leaking in his submersible. As for his time at the bottom, "I didn't see a fish ... I didn't find anything that looked alive to me, other than a few amphipods in the water," he says.

"I didn't feel like I got to a place where I could take interesting geology samples or found anything interesting biologically," he noted, according to the New York Post. It took him 156 minutes to go down, but only 70 minutes to come back up after he spotted the leak. "The port got coated" with oil, he said, noting that he lost control of the starboard side of the sub. "That's when I decided to come up. I couldn't go any further—I was just spinning in a circle." But it sounds as though he's planning to go down again: "Next dive. I gotta leave something for the next one," he said. (But hey, at least he's alive. Gizmodo rounds up five ways he could have perished, and they don't sound fun.)

James Cameron holds the National Geographic Society flag after he successfully completed the first ever solo dive to the Mariana Trench Monday March 26, 2012.
James Cameron holds the National Geographic Society flag after he successfully completed the first ever solo dive to the Mariana Trench Monday March 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Theissen, National Geographic)
James Cameron emerges from the hatch of DEEPSEA CHALLENGER during testing of the submersible in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, Australia.
James Cameron emerges from the hatch of DEEPSEA CHALLENGER during testing of the submersible in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney, Australia.   (AP Photo/National Geographic, Mark Thiessen, File)
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