Richard Branson took time out earlier this week to applaud the record-breaking dive of James Cameron, even as Branson makes his own preparations to tackle the ocean's deepest points.
"It's incredible what he achieved today," Branson told the AFP after the "Avatar" director descended more than 35,000 feet to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Last April, Branson and fellow explorer Chris Welch announced the Five Dives Expedition, which would see the duo, in partnership with the BBC, dive and film the deepest points of the world's five oceans.
"Virgin Oceanic has had a very positive relationship with Jim’s effort. We shared the development of sonar for use in deep sea navigation. Virgin Oceanic Co-Founder and Chief Pilot Chris Welsh was aboard with Jim’s team last week in Guam, and we both hope there will be a chance to dive the two subs together in the near future. The Virgin sub is excellent for large scale exploration and identifying areas worthy of more detailed examination, and Jim’s sub is perfect for detailed examination of those sites once found. We can achieve more through collaboration that just the sum of our efforts."