Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Breaks Record for Longest Time Spent Underwater
One month ago, Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, embarked on a research mission that would keep himself and his crew submerged under the ocean for 31 days.
Their home and office for the month was Aquarius, the only underwater laboratory in the world, built by Florida International University.
The operation was named Mission 31, a tribute to his late grandfather who embarked on a similar mission in 1963 named Conshelf II, spending 30 days living, working and documenting marine life in an underwater facility in the Red Sea. Fabien and his crew’s attempts to break the record for longest time spent underwater by a film crew hope to raise funds and awareness for the Aquarius Reef Base off the Florida Keys.
Jack Cousteau and his crew onboard Conshelf III
The Aquarius Reef Base is an 81-ton steel structure, 63 feet below the surface of the water. Since its construction 25 year ago, the lab has been essential to the research of marine biologists, and also for NASA preparing astronauts for weightlessness in space.
On Wednesday, Fabien and his crew resurfaced, beating his grandfather’s record by one day.
Watch Fabien and his crew resurface below:
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Image Credits: Main Image: Earth Island Journal/Flickr
Second Image: Peter Bilton
Article by Jack Bartrop