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Captain Don Walsh, Ph.D.

In 1960 Captain Don Walsh of the U.S. Navy (retired) and Jacques Piccard dove the bathyscaph Trieste to the deepest place in the world, the Challenger Deep, at 35,840 feet in the Mariana Trench. However, it was not until fifty-two years later that this dive was repeated when filmmaker James Cameron dove his one-person Deepsea Challenger at the same location.

Walsh was a member of Cameron’s deep dive expedition in 2012 and has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of submersibles for more than a half century. Bathyscaphs, or “deep boats,” were pioneered in the mid-1930s by Swiss professor Auguste Piccard.

Walsh will be honored with the Ocean Conservation Award at the Aquarium’s 15th Anniversary Gala on June 15. Hear Walsh talk about his many experiences in exploring the deep ocean.

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Looking Backwards at the Future: Exploring the Deepest Oceans
Archived Event Information

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Cost $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.
RSVP (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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