Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend weeks underwater?
Check out this video from NOVA PBS about the only aquatic research lab in the world located on the ocean floor. The Aquarius Reef Lab was built in 1986 and is currently located approximately 3.5 miles off the coast of Key Largo in Florida. It sits at a depth of 63 feet and is located near a coral reef known as Conch Reef.
Scientist and Mission 31 aquanaut Liz Bentley Magee recently spent two weeks underwater at Aquarius and shares her experiences.
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Mission 31 is being led by Fabien Cousteau, who is the grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Fabien recently set the record for consecutive days spent living underwater when he spent an astounding 31 days at the Aquarius Reef Lab.
During Mission 31, science partners Florida International University (FIU) and Northeastern University will collaborate to study climate change and the related challenges of ocean acidification; ocean pollution with an emphasis on the effects of plastics; and overconsumption of resources with specific focus on the decline of biodiversity. Cousteau’s Bonnet Rouge production team is also shooting short and long format documentaries for Mission 31, according to a report by The Kids Should See This.
For more information, check out this video with Fabien Cousteau as he delivers a mid-mission report on Mission 31.
These underwater expeditions are helping the scientific community to learn more about the ocean which is one of the last truly unexplored areas on Earth. It is really a remarkable feat when you consider the fact that fewer people have lived underwater than have lived in outer space for any length of time.