A university professor in the United States broke a record for the longest time living underwater without depressurisation this weekend at a Florida Keys lodge for scuba divers.
Joseph Dituri’s 74th day residing in Jules’ Undersea Lodge, situated at the bottom of a 9m-deep (30-foot) lagoon in Key Largo. It wasn’t much different than his previous days there since he submerged on March 1.
Dituri, who also goes by the “Dr Deep Sea” moniker, ate a protein-heavy meal of eggs and salmon prepared using a microwave, exercised with resistance bands, did his daily pushups and took an hour-long nap.
Unlike a submarine, the lodge does not use technology to adjust to increased underwater pressure.
The previous record of 73 days, two hours and 34 minutes has set by two Tennessee professors. Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain – at the same location in 2014.
But Dituri isn’t just settling for the record and resurfacing: He plans to stay at the lodge until June 9. He reaches 100 days and completes an underwater mission dubbed Project Neptune 100.
His research includes daily experiments in physiology to monitor how the human body responds to long-term exposure to extreme pressure.
The outreach portion of Dituri’s mission includes conducting online classes and broadcast interviews from his digital studio beneath the sea.
During the past 74 days, he has reached over 2,500 students through online classes in marine science. And more with his regular biomedical engineering courses at the University of South Florida.