The First Filipino Scientist to Dive Into the Philippine Trench Has Resurfaced

He came out of the submersible carrying our flag!

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(SPOT.ph) Dr. Deo Florence Onda has completed a historic dive to Emden Deep, the third deepest spot on Earth! The Filipino scientist resurfaced in the deep-sea submersible DSV Limiting Factor, along with American explorer Victor Vescovo, after reaching depths of up 10,045 meters into Emden Deep—making Onda the first-ever Pinoy to not only reach this insanely unreachable spot, but also the first one to explore our very own Philippine trench.

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Posted by DSSV Pressure Drop on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Onda came out of the one-of-a-kind submersible with a huge smile and yup, the Philippine flag proudly in his hands! Pictures posted by DSSV Pressure Drop, the vessel carrying Onda and Vescovo's team, to Facebook around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 show Limiting Factor breaching the surface after the historic journey.

Posted by DSSV Pressure Drop on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Onda and Vescovo were the two-man team that dove into the trench using the Limiting Factor. Onda, a microbial oceanographer of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, was invited by Vescovo and his foundation, Caladan Oceanic, to be a part of this exploration of one of the world's least-studied areas.

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The two left their home vessel, DSSV Pressure Drop, in the early morning of March 22. By noon, a video of the crew onboard the ship celebrating a touchdown of 10,045 meters was uploaded to their Facebook page. Anyone else feel ridiculously excited?

The Emden Deep is located in the Philippine trench, right along the pacific coast. Prior to this historic dive, no deep-sea explarations in the world's third-deepest spot have been made, according to an explainer uploaded by the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute. Onda's journey is the first of many explorations into the waters around us!

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