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Why does acclaimed director James Cameron love oceans so much?

It is quite a flooring fact that humans have only discovered about 20 percent of the entire ocean. 80 percent of the ocean is uncharted, unmapped, and undiscovered territory. One person out to change that trend in the oceans is well-known director and oceanographer, James Cameron.

A man who could have easily racked up the box office funds after early critical acclaim, Cameron chose to fulfill his lifelong dream of cavernous exploration via submersibles and continuous exploration

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James Cameron and Bill Paxton dive beneath the surface to explore Titanic remains (via

“I look for things that haven’t been done. I like finding that gap between everything that hasn’t been done and what I think can be done.”

James Cameron for The Guardian

How has James Cameron explored the darkest parts of the ocean?

The ocean itself is an enigmatic behemoth. It is quite a marvelous task to try and map out the entirety of the ocean.

Therefore, Cameron and his crewmates have picked apart significant portions of the undercurrent. Cameron and crew are fascinated by the accessible “alien worlds” available for the cost of scuba equipment.

Here are some ways by which James Cameron delves deep into the ocean:

Cameron travels via small, sophisticated submersible vehicles that allow for definitive archaeological determinations. He also uses cutting-edge human exploration to provide frontiers of knowledge.

Additionally, Cameron unleashes the sheer unpredictability of nature to unfold stories that leave viewers awestruck. And he opens a specific window in history to create stories that live on in underwater lore.

James Cameron knew that he had a dream he wanted to fulfill since a young boy. At age 16, he begged his father to enroll him in a scuba class until he finally landed a dive.

In Buffalo, NY, as an adolescent amongst a group full of adults, Jimmy Cameron got his opportunity to learn how to scuba dive and then never relinquished it. 

“My idea of a vacation is to take the whole family to Tahiti and spend the week doing underwater photography with underwater vehicles.”

James Cameron for The Guardian

James Cameron’s exploratory oceanography

The most impressive feat accomplished by Cameron gives him ultimate explorative credibility. He was the first solo visitor to reach the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.

Challenger Deep is 7 miles below the surface and represents our planet’s lowest point. This is just one of many remarkable descents into the ocean made by the likes of James Cameron. 

James Cameron is respected within the oceanography realm because he is a true leader. By utterly immersing himself in maritime efforts, Cameron attacks the behemoth, cavernous underdwelling that is the ocean. 

He excels at displaying humanity, intimacy, emotions, and also technical complexity. His unwillingness to settle has thus provided major wavelengths via fresh content that provides intellectual purpose.

James Cameron submerged into his desired habitat (Earthship Productions)

It is all of our jobs to learn more about the oceans

Director James Cameron still does not just conduct his love for oceans and his love for films separately. Rather, he combines the two so the rest of the world can explore. With Titanic, Deepsea Challenge 3D, and the mesmerizing The Abyss, Cameron has given fans of his films for years also the reason to be fans of the wonders of the ocean.

Cameron does not pursue anything that he is not willing to try his hand at as well. That fact alone, also coupled with his proper storytelling and courageous content shows how Cameron wishes to contextualize our future – through exploration and frontiers of knowledge.