A US researcher has broken the record for the longest time spent living underwater without depressurisation.
Joseph Dituri has spent more than 74 days at the bottom of a 30ft-deep lagoon in Key Largo, Florida.
And he does not have plans to stop yet. On Sunday, he said he would stay in Jules’ Undersea Lodge for at least 100 days.
“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.
The previous record for most days spent living underwater at ambient pressure – 73 – was established by two professors in 2014 in the same Key Largo lodge.
Unlike a submarine, the lodge does not use technology to adjust for the increased underwater pressure.
Prof Dituri – who goes by the nickname Dr Deep Sea – began his journey on 1 March at Jules’ Undersea Lodge, a small room that sits at the bottom of a lagoon in the Florida Keys.
It is named after Jules Verne, who wrote the well-known sci-fi book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.