A scientist will live underwater for 100 days for scientific research: “I am testing medical technologies that could prevent a multitude of human diseases” / Photo: Instagram
The University of South Florida professor began his bizarre experiment earlier this month (March 1), strapping himself in for 100 days underwater for this first-of-its-kind biological study.
Joe Dituri, also known as Dr. Deep Sea, set out to make the sea his “habitat” by summer.
100 days at 10 meters underwater
In an official press release from the University of South Florida, it was confirmed that Dituri – who also holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering – is conducting this experiment in the hope of finding new “ways to revitalize the marine environment”.
In addition to this, the researcher also seeks to “tests medical technologies that could prevent a multitude of diseases in humans”.
But, the statement explains, “there is only one catch: do everything 10 meters underwater – and try to do it for 100 days”.
Earlier this month (March 1), the retired US Navy commander-turned-teacher swam into his new 100-square-foot habitat, about “two thousandths of a league under the sea,” at Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo.
The professor is to live in “isolation” for the duration of the mission, which has since been titled “Neptune 100”.
Researcher could get world record for ‘longest time alive underwater’
The statement explains: “Part of the work will be to have a psychologist and a psychiatrist monitor the effects they experience while in an environment similar to that of extended space travel.
It is an extremely isolated and confined environment. And, as humans, we really have to figure out how we’re going to live in that (environment) if we’re going to expand our planet, if we’re going to go interplanetary, if we’re going to find all the cures we need to find.”
If Dituri succeeds in completing the Neptune 100, then he will hold the world record for “the longest time spent underwater at ambient pressure – 1.6 times the pressure felt on land”.
The current world record is 73 days since two Tennessee teachers accomplished the feat in 2014.
“But he said that’s not the important part,” supports the statement.
Dr. Deep Sea himself revealed: “Everything we need is on this planet. Everything we need is here, we have the yin, we have the yang. We have the disease, we have the cure. We just have to look where we’ve never looked before “.
The researcher will conduct marine and medical research
The teacher documented his journey on social media and announced the news in an Instagram video.
“We’ll talk about biomedical engineering, do biology and biomedical engineering experiments, talk to who’s who in the underwater field, and have fun!”the teacher said excitedly.
Speaking in another statement released by the University of South Florida, Dr. Deep Sea said: “The human body has never been underwater for so long, so I will be closely monitored. This study will examine every way this trip impacts my body, but my null hypothesis is that there will be improvements in my health due to the increased pressure.”
“So we guess I’ll come out superhuman!”concluded Dituri, according to Ladbible.
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