“Titanic” Director To Plunge Beneath The Sea

The King of the World is becoming The King of the Sea. This month, James Cameron plans to plunge nearly seven miles to the planet’s most inaccessible spot: the Challenger Deep in the western Pacific, an alien world thought to swarm with bizarre eels and worms, fish and crustaceans. He wants to spend six hours among them, filming the creatures and sucking up samples with a slurp gun. Cameron’s adventure is to be unveiled Thursday in Washington by the National Geographic Society, where he holds the title of Explorer-in-Residence. Both the society, which is helping pay for the expedition, and Cameron took pains to characterize the effort as purely scientific rather than competitive. In other words, it’s not “Titanic 2.”

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