Florida professor breaks world record for the longest time living underwater with 100-day target in sight

Florida professor breaks world record for living underwater, studying human body's response to extreme pressure. Inspiring generations and pushing boundaries.
Kavita Verma
Dr. Joseph Dituri looks through a porthole inside the Jules' Undersea Lodge
Dr. Joseph Dituri looks through a porthole inside the Jules' Undersea Lodge

Frazier Nivens / Florida Keys News Bureau / Handout via Reuters 

By breaking the previous record of 73 days, a professor from a university in Florida has established a new record for the longest time spent submerged. As he continues to explore the ocean's depths, Joseph Dituri, who is now staying at Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, hopes to extend his stay for 100 days. His underwater expedition intends to motivate future generations and learn more about how the human body reacts to challenging circumstances.

"The curiosity for discovery has led me here," he tweeted early on Sunday. "My goal from day 1 has been to inspire generations to come, interview scientists who study life undersea, and learn how the human body functions in extreme environments."

Pushing boundaries for discovery and education

Joseph Dituri expressed on Twitter his desire to beat the record and emphasized his desire to inspire people and learn about life beneath the sea. His research base is Jules' Undersea Lodge, situated at the bottom of a 30-foot lagoon. Dituri has been researching the consequences of prolonged high-pressure exposure on the human body during his time submerged. His continuing use of the internet to provide his biomedical engineering course at the University of South Florida (USF) to his students is a monument to his commitment to excellence.

Project Neptune 100 sheds light on marine research

Project Neptune 100, a collaborative undertaking led by the Marine Resources Development Foundation, is the name of Dituri's underwater expedition. The project aims to increase public awareness of marine research and conservation by taking advantage of Jules' Undersea Lodge's distinctive environment. The project acts as a platform for researching the effects of extreme settings on human health and investigating the impact of compression on the body.

Dituri undergoes tests every time a medical team dives into the lodge to evaluate his physical and mental health. Additional stem cell testing is in progress, and thorough examinations have been performed, including blood panels, ultrasounds, and electrocardiograms. Psychologists and psychiatrists are also examining the psychological impacts of isolation and incarceration.

Despite the difficulties of his subaquatic living, Dituri keeps up a strict daily schedule. He gets up at five and works out to stay physically healthy. He uses the accessible microwave to conveniently prepare his protein-rich meals, which include eggs and salmon. Dituri may be below the water's surface, but he is not alone. More than 30 adults and 15 middle and high school kids have resided in his unique underwater home for the past 74 days, adding to the lively research environment.

Dituri acknowledges that, as his quest goes on, he is missing one specific quality of life: the warmth and light of the sun. But he keeps moving forward because of his unshakable dedication to research and education. Due to surface on June 9, the record-breaking professor hopes to have a significant impact on scientific discovery and open the door for further research into the mysteries of the ocean floor.

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