74 Days And Counting: US Professor Breaks Record For Longest Time Living Underwater!


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Photo of Florida, United States by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

If given a chance, how about living underwater? Well, someone has already broken a record of living underwater for more than 70 days!!

Joseph Dituri, a dedicated researcher in the U.S, has shattered the record of living underwater, surpassing an astonishing 74 days submerged beneath the surface.

"The curiosity for discovery has led me here," he said.

"My goal from day one has been to inspire generations to come, interview scientists who study life undersea and learn how the human body functions in extreme environments," he added.

Joseph Dituri, also known as “Dr Deep Sea” in the realm of social media, surpassed the previous record of 73 days, two hours, and 34 minutes set by two Tennessee professors in 2014.

Currently residing in Jules’ Undersea Lodge located in Key Largo’s 30-foot-deep lagoon, Dituri has been following a daily routine since he submerged on 1 March, 2023.

His activities include consuming a protein-rich meal of eggs and salmon prepared using a microwave, exercising with resistance bands, doing pushups and taking regular naps. Unlike a submarine, the lodge does not use technology to adjust for the increased underwater pressure.

“The record is a small bump and I really appreciate it. I’m honoured to have it, but we still have more science to do,” said Dituri, a University of South Florida educator who holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering and is a retired US naval officer.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, in a Key Largo lagoon, Florida Keys, Florida, U.S.; (c): Reuters

Photo of 74 Days And Counting: US Professor Breaks Record For Longest Time Living Underwater! by Tanvi Shah (travelstoriesbytan)

Dituri plans to stay at the lodge until 9 June, 2023 when 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 idea here is to populate the world’s oceans, to take care of them by living in them and really treating them well,” Dituri said.

"I have 23 more days undersea to conduct research, engage with learners of all ages, and continue my journey of discovery," he added.

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 more than 2,500 students through online classes in marine science and more with his regular biomedical engineering courses at the University of South Florida.

“The thing that I miss the most about being on the surface is literally the sun,” Dituri said. “The sun has been a major factor in my life – I usually go to the gym at five and then I come back out and watch the sunrise.”

As the days unfold, the world eagerly awaits the findings and insights that will emerge from this captivating and pioneering underwater odyssey.

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