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Professor Joseph Dituri has spent more than 74 days at the bottom of a 30ft deep lagoon in Key Largo, Florida. He was not willing to come out from underwater, stating that he would stay in Jule’s UnderSea Lodge for at least 100 days. His curiosity for discovery led him there, he said, with the goal of inspiring generations to come.

In an interview, he mentioned that he studied life underwater and learned how the human body functions in extreme environments. Professor Dituri, also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” broke the record of two professors who spent 73 days underwater in the same Key Largo Lodge in 2014.

It is worth noting that the lodge does not use technology to adjust for increased underwater pressure.

Professor Joseph Dituri went underwater on March 1st at Jule’s Underwater Lodge, a small room located at the bottom of a lagoon in the Florida Keys

, and emerged on May 14th, 2023.

Despite his time underwater, he has not neglected his professorial duties. Prof. Dituri, who served in the Navy for 28 years, is teaching his biomedical engineering classes online while living in the lagoon, as reported by the University of South Florida.

To keep himself busy, Professor Dituri used to wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning to exercise. He would eat heavy meals with high protein, such as eggs and salmon, to keep warm, using a microwave in his underwater living quarters. The thing he missed the most was sunlight.

Researchers are studying the 55-year-old professor to understand how his body is functioning after spending 74 days underwater.


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