A bloke dubbed “Mr Deep Sea” has started a mission to spend 100 days living underwater in isolation just to see what happens.
Former US Navy commander Joseph Dituri, 55, is currently housed in a former marine research laboratory turned into an underwater hotel in 1986 off the Florida Keys.
He is planning to live and work inside Jules' Undersea Lodge until June 9, which will break all records for underwater human habitation at ambient pressure.
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He also plans to educate students and conduct medical and marine science research while there.
Mr Dituri, who holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering and teaches hyperbaric medicine, is living in the facility which is situated 30 feet beneath the surface in a Key Largo lagoon.
The previous record for human subsea habitation at ambient pressure is 73 days, set in 2014 at Jules’ by two Tennessee university educators.
“It’s not so much about the record,” Dituri said.
“It’s more about incentivising the next generation of kids to come down here to learn how to preserve, protect and to rejuvenate the marine environment.”
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He has been documenting the experience on his Instagram page, with fans calling him a “legend” and “Mr Deep Sea”.
He also told one commentor that when under the sea you have to “pee with more urgency and for much longer”.
The Tampa, Florida, resident plans to conduct online high school and college classes in hyperbaric medicine and welcome some 40 young divers, who will spend 24 hours undersea with him to become certified aquanauts.
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Top marine scientists, including renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, are scheduled to join him underwater for online classes and broadcasts.
During Project Neptune 100, he will be tested and analysed to evaluate the effects of living in a confined, extreme environment.
Much of the research will focus on hyperbaric medicine, which delivers oxygen under increased pressure to treat conditions like carbon monoxide poisoning and infections that starve tissues of oxygen.
During his 100 days underwater, which began earlier this month, his medical team will document health results, including potential increased production of stem cells.
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