Students to interact with man living underwater for 100 days
Students will get to see a world-record attempt that aims to have a medical researcher remain in an underwater lodge for 100 days.
Participants in an interactive Zoom session will see cutting-edge medical and marine research taking place in the lodge by Joseph Dituri, a retired US navy commander and aquanaut with a doctorate in biomedical engineering.
The project aims to set a record for underwater human habitation at ambient pressure — the previous record is 73 days.
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is organising the session with Dr Dituri, who is attempting to remain in the Jules Undersea Lodge, 22 feet under water in the protected lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park, until June 9 at noon.
There he will be conducting diving-medicine research in partnership with the Marine Resources Development Foundation/MarineLab.
Dr Dituri will speak with students attending MarineLab programmes at the education centre in Key Largo and students at other participating schools.
A MarineLab spokeswoman said: “Dr Dituri’s end goal is to incentivise the next generation of youth to preserve, protect and restore the marine environment.
“Marine Resources Development Foundation is funding the educational component of Project Neptune with the goal of involving as many students as possible during the 100-day mission.
“Thus far we have reached over 2,500 kids from all over the world.”
Dr Dituri’s research is focusing on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the role the ocean plays in treating disease.
The MRDF website adds: “Project Neptune combines a long-term study of the physiological and psychological effects of compression on the human body and uses the uniqueness of the mission and location to bring more awareness of current marine research and the importance of conservation of our ocean’s resources and processes.”
The interactive Zoom session will take place on Saturday, June 3 at 11am.
To register for the virtual talk, visit www.buei.bm or call the Oceans Gift Shop on 294 0204.