Florida Professor Breaks a World Record For Living Underwater

Valentina Arias, Multimedia Photo Editor

University of South Florida professor, Joseph Dituri, has broken the world record for the longest time living underwater. The original record was set for 73 days and he plans on staying underwater in his 100-square-foot bunker until he hits 100 days.

Known as Dr. Deep Sea, Dituri is continuing his studies by analyzing how the human body reacts to exposure and pressure over a long time. Since March 1 he had set a goal for himself to stay put in his bunker until the 100-day mark. His bunker is located at Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. 

His curiosity for discovery brought him to conduct this study. Throughout his journey, he hopes to inspire future generations of people to explore the effects differing environments can cause on the human body. This study could potentially advance science. While on his journey he has not stopped living his life as normally as he can.

He continues to exercise, make himself prepackaged meals and teach virtual classes at USF. Before receiving his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering at USF, Dituri was a saturation diving officer in the U.S. Navy for 28 years. 

On June 9, Dituri is set to return to dry land. This professor desires to make an impact in the science community and hopes his research leads to new research about what there is down in the ocean.