RawStory.com – Hollywood director James Cameron on Tuesday mourned a “tragic loss” after a deep sea research vessel imploded nearly 10 kilometres (six miles) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
The Nereus robotic research vehicle was exploring the Kermadec Trench, several hundred kilometres north of New Zealand, when it was crushed by the extreme water pressure.
“I feel like I’ve lost a friend,” Cameron posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of the US-based research body the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), which was operating the Nereus.
“Nereus was an amazing, groundbreaking robot and the only currently active vehicle in the world that could reach the extreme depths of the ocean trenches. This is a tragic loss for deep science.
“They’ve not only lost a child, they’ve lost a great opportunity to explore one of the ocean’s deep trenches — the last great frontier for exploration on our planet,” Cameron wrote.
The “Titanic” and “Avatar” director is also a renowned deep sea explorer. In 2012 he made a record-setting solo dive to the world’s deepest ocean point in the Marianas Trench in his Deepsea Challenger submersible, which he later donated to WHOI.
Holy shit James take it down a notch will ya? I think all of those deep sea dives gave you permanent vertigo or something. I get that it’s tragic to lose such an expensive machine that so many people put a ton of time into, but it’s a fucking MACHINE! This guy just took irrational correlation to an entirely new level. You feel like you’ve lost a friend? Really? I’m going to guess you’ve never lost a friend then, because there’s zero chance that losing a robot is anything like losing a friend. I don’t care how many nights you spooned with The Terminator.
Then he takes it one step further, he doesn’t say it’s “like” they lost a child, he says they did lose a child. Ummm… no they fucking didn’t James. None of those scientists carried Nereus in their uterus for 9 months. The robot was not spawned from any of their sperm. They don’t share DNA with the god damn thing James. They didn’t bring it bowling, they aren’t renting it shoes, their not buying it a fucking beer. I think you might need to take a break from technology for a while and get some intimate human contact before YOU turn into a robot.
P.S. Seriously though, tragic loss for WHOI, as tragic as losing any robot on earth can be, a ton of work gone in an instant, sorry guys.Facebook: The Real Cape
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Ahh finally, the dreadful WHOI story we’ve all been waiting for to grace the pages of The Real Cape. Lets not forget – James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron.
I’m still at sea in the south pacific as support for Nereus, and speaking from experience this is obviously nothing like losing a real friend. It might be easy for me to talk shit about billionaires but James doesn’t know what he is talking about and can only relate to the fact that he also lost many millions of dollars on a vehicle that is no longer of any use. He doesn’t have nearly as many dives under his belt as he might like people to think.
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