Aquanaut and former US Navy diver Dr. Joe Dituri is spending 100 days underwater to study the effects of long-term exposure to pressure and whether that can be good for one’s health.
Dituri began the mission on March 1 at Jules’ Undersea Lodge Habitat just under 30 feet/9 meters below the surface off Key Largo, Florida.
The current world record for the longest underwater stay is 73 days.
Dituri will be conducting experiments to study the effects of long-term exposure to pressure and working with other researchers and physicians on other diving-related medical issues, as well as teaching his hyperbaric medicine and medical school courses from inside the habitat.
A bunch of other researchers will joint Dituri over the course of his underwater stay, along with students to highlight the message of ocean conservation.
According to mission director Thane Milhoan:
“We wanted to utilize the attention that the 100-day mission would demand to really get some top-level marine scientists to come into the habitat during the mission and present topics specific to marine conservation that we could then share throughout the world and really kind of inspire the youth moreso rather than anybody to get involved and start taking action to help counteract some of the aspects of degradation that’s happening in the marine environment.”
For more info on Project NEPTUNE 100, go to drdeepsea.com or check out the video below.