Can We Live Under The Sea?
We're about to find out as one man plans to live underwater for 31 days.
In 1963, one man decided to endure life undersea for 30 days. Now his grandson, Fabien Cousteau, is planning a similar voyage, one day longer and much deeper into the water. The Aquarius lab will be his home base for a full 31 days.
Cousteau's grandfather lived 33 feet deep in the Red Sea back in 1963. At that time, he was one of six men who sat around, talking, drinking, smoking-- living-- in Starfish House. The ocean explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, wore a silver diving suit as the commandant of this first-ever undersea village.
Half a century down the road, Fabien Cousteau wants to give it a go, but he is going to do so while having the expedition recorded in real-time. You can follow, moment-by-moment, the experience that will soon be titled Mission 31. This underwater lab, the size of a standard school bus, will be home for Cousteau and five others at Aquarius Reef Base, 63 feet deep into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
"We're in a whole new generation," said Cousteau, who is a 46-year-old filmmaker and ocean explorer just like his grandfather who passed in 1997 at the age of 87. "The Internet was in its nascent stage at the end of his life, so he never got a chance to reach out through that medium."
While we've had so many advances in technology, Cousteau stated that not even five percent of the ocean has been explored to date. With so many stories left to tell and discoveries to be made, and adventures to be had, he is ready to fully embark upon expanding that research with his trip.
"In essence we're hoping to continue on where my grandfather left off," he said.