The record for the longest period spent underwater has been beaten by a scientist from Florida who goes by the name Dr. Deep Sea.
A veteran of the US Navy Joe Dituri said in a post on Instagram on Sunday that he had already spent 73 days in a habitat beneath the sea and that he intended to spend a total of 100 days there for scientific purposes.
“I’m humbled that my curiosity for discovery has led me here. My goal from day 1 has been to inspire—not only for generations to come—but for scientists around the globe who study life undersea and how the human body functions when in extreme environments,” Dituri wrote.
“And while breaking the world record is an exciting milestone, my mission doesn’t end here. I have 23 more days undersea to conduct research, engage with learners of all ages, and continue my journey of discovery.”
On June 9, Dituri plans to surface, at which point he will go through “an in-depth examination by a team of medical doctors to learn more about how the body reacts to such an environment,” according to a separate Instagram post from the diver.
CBS News confirms the news on their official Twitter account:
A Florida university professor has broken the world record for the longest time living underwater, and he's not ending his subaquatic lifestyle just yet, he tweeted. https://t.co/EgHqFQHCFq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 14, 2023
Professor Shares Underwater Life on Social Media
The University of South Florida associate professor and biomedical engineer has been sharing his daily life underwater with viewers by releasing videos of his experiences on Instagram and YouTube.
In Key Largo, Florida, Dituri has been residing in Jules’ Undersea Lodge, a habitat made of steel and glass that is 30 feet below the water’s surface of a lagoon.
According to its website, the lodge, which typically welcomes paying visitors, is filled with compressed air and is supported on legs on the sea floor.
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According to the website, “It is the first and only underwater hotel where scuba diving is the only way to get to your room.”
Two American researchers, Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, who spent 73 days in the same underwater lodge as Dituri, previously held the record for the most period spent living underwater in a stable environment, according to Guinness World Records.
According to his website, Dituri is investigating how well humans can survive in a solitary, constrained setting.
Dituri intends to fly in September on a specially customized aircraft that will allow him to repeatedly experience zero gravity.
“It’s all part of his dream to become a civilian astronaut and travel into space by 2026,” Dituri’s website says.
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