An American researcher broke the world record for living the longest underwater without decompression.
Joseph Dettori spent 74 days at a depth of 30 feet in a lagoon in Florida.
And because he does not intend to stop yet, he said Sunday that he will remain in his underwater shelter for at least 100 days.
“It was the curiosity of discovery that led me here.”
The researcher, who specializes in underwater life and how the human body reacts to extreme conditions, added that his goal “was from day one to inspire future generations.”
The previous record for the longest time underwater under pressure of 73 was held by two researchers in 2014.
Professor Dettori, known as the “Doctor of the Deep Sea”, began his adventure on the first of March /March in Jules Verne’s Deep Lake Room in Florida.
It was named after Jules Verne, who wrote the famous science fiction book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The project is called Neptune 100, and the University of Florida professor studies the reaction of the human body after prolonged exposure to extreme levels of pressure.
The researchers will monitor the health of the 55-year-old man, as well as the effect of isolation on physiology, through a series of medical examinations.
But Professor Dettori’s stay did not prevent him from performing his teaching duties, as he continued teaching on the Internet, from his place of residence underwater, according to the University of South Florida.
Dettori served in the US Navy for 28 years.
In order to occupy himself, Professor Dettori gets up at 5 am every day to exercise, eats protein-rich foods like eggs and salmon, and keeps them hot in the microwave.
Although it is an unprecedented feat for him to be underwater for so long, he is excited to return to his activities on land.
“The thing I miss most on land is the sun,” he told the Associated Press.
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