A professor at a university in Florida has beaten the record for the most time spent underwater, and he has no plans to stop living underwater anytime soon, according to a tweet from the professor.
Joseph Dituri has been a guest at Jules’ Undersea Lodge for 74 days as of Saturday. In 2014, two other professors set the previous world record at 73 days. Dituri hopes to remain submerged for a full 100 days. Check video below:
“The curiosity for discovery has led me here,” he tweeted early on Sunday. “My goal from day 1 has been to inspire generations to come, interview scientists who study life undersea and learn how the human body functions in extreme environments.”
In Key Largo, Florida, at the bottom of a 30-foot lagoon, you’ll find Jules’ Undersea Lodge. During his stay, Dituri has been researching the effects of prolonged stress on the human body. According to USF, he is doing more than simply introspecting; he is also continuing to instruct his online biomedical engineering course.
The Marine Resources Development Foundation planned Dituri’s undersea mission (codenamed “Project Neptune 100”). According to the organization, the project will raise funds for marine conservation and research by highlighting the significance of the study’s site.
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In addition, the effects of compression on the human body are investigated. Former Navy man Dituri, who left the service to study TBIs, believes that the extra pressure he’ll experience while submerged will help his health.
By USF, a medical team regularly visits Jules’ Undersea Lodge to do testing on Dituri. Blood panels, ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, and stem cell testing are just some of the physical, psychological, and social examinations that Dituri has had. A doctor and psychologist are keeping track of the mental effects of being imprisoned for an extended period of time.
On June 9, the professor intends to make his return. Up until then, he has enough to do. According to the Florida Keys News Bureau, Dituri gets up at 5 a.m. every day to work out. Undersea, he eats lots of eggs and salmon to get his daily protein intake. A microwave is available to him.
Even while submerged, Dituri has had company. According to the Florida Keys News Bureau, in the last 74 days, more than 30 adults and 15 middle and high school children have stayed at the underwater lodge.
Dituri’s life below the waves has been wonderful, but there is one thing he misses dearly. To quote Dituri, “The thing that I miss most about being on the surface is literally the sun,” as quoted by Florida Keys News Bureau.
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