Joseph Dituri plans to smash the world-record for living underwater. Currently held by two men from Tennessee at 73 days back in 2014, the Florida-native Dituri plans to live in an underwater habitat for an astounding 100 days. The reason is not just to set a new record, but has scientific goals as well.
Living under pressure
Since March 1st, the pressurized habitat at the bottom of Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo is Dituri’s home. Jules‘ is the only underwater hotel in the USA.
At a depth of 10 meters, he will be constantly monitored by a support team to make sure his biometric data checks out, as well as making sure he will stay relatively sane in such a tight space.
The health benefits
The record-attempt provides Dituri with plenty of opportunities to do all sorts of experiments. One of the key scientific take-aways is that our cell division occurs faster when the body is pressurized, giving credibility to the idea that pressure has long-term health benefits.
“So, we suspect I am going to come out super-human!” Dituri said in an interview with the New York Post.