The global record for the longest period of time spent submerged without depressurization has been beaten by a US researcher.
Joseph Dituri has been submerged in a 30 foot-deep lagoon in Key Largo, Florida for more than 74 days.
And he now has no plans to stop. He declared on Sunday that he would spend at least 100 days in Jules’ Undersea Lodge.
I arrived here due to my desire for discovery, he remarked.
He said, “My mission has been to discover how the human body responds to severe settings, interview scientists who study life under the water, and inspire future generations.
Two academics in the same Key Largo resort set the previous world record for the most days spent submerged at ambient pressure in 2014 with 73.
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Pofessor Lives Underwater for Research
The lodge does not employ technology to compensate for the higher underwater pressure, unlike a submarine.
Prof. Dituri, also known by the moniker Dr. Deep Sea, started his voyage on March 1 at a little cabin called Jules’ Undersea Lodge that is located at the bottom of a lagoon in the Florida Keys.
It bears Jules Verne’s name, the author of the well-known science fiction book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The University of South Florida professor is researching how the body responds to prolonged exposure to intense pressure for the experiment, which is known as experiment Neptune 100.
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Medical tests are being performed on the 55-year-old in order to learn more about his health as well as the psychological impact of being imprisoned and secluded for such a long time.
He has continued to perform his obligations as a professor despite spending time underwater. According to the University of South Florida, Prof. Dituri, who spent 28 years in the Navy as well, is teaching biomedical engineering classes online as he resides in the lagoon.
The professor exercises every morning at 5:00 a.m. to keep himself busy. According to reports, he fills up on protein-rich meals like eggs and salmon that he can reheat in his microwave.
He is eager to resume some above-ground activities despite the fact that his underwater stay has been groundbreaking.
“The thing that I miss the most about being on the surface is literally the sun,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
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