Fabian Cousteau reveals his spectacular record breaking experience of Living Underwater for 31 days
Till no we have heard of space walks and astronauts living in the space station for over a year But!! While it isn’t beyond technology to ensure a comfortable space stay, living underwater even for a couple of days is no mean feat and extremely risky too. After 50 years Fabien Cousteau the grandson of legendary Jacques Cousteau has accomplished the feat of living in a research lab underwater for 31 days.
Fabien Cousteau revealed to reporters what life was like in his month long stay under the waves in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.
1 Jacques Cousteau the first man to live underwater
The first man to live under water was Fabian’s legendary grandfather, the great Jacques Cousteau who spent a month underwater in the red sea. Fabian has equaled his grandfather’s feat with a team who has collected scientific data that will cover 3 years of study.
Over the course of his living underwater for 31 days, Cousteau experienced an amazing and spectacular world witnessing several new species and breathtaking phenomena common to the marine world. His team has also conducted a number of experiments yielding valuable data for future prospects of life in the deep.
2 Cousteau advocates more underwater exploration
The record breaking aquanaut narrated his experiences as if it were straight out of a Jules Verne Novel. He feels that man needs to look beneath the seas for building settlements underwater. According to Cousteau ‘I’m a big proponent of space exploration, but the oceanic frontier is more acceptable in the foreseeable future.’
3 Underwater settlements possible in a few decades
Although underwater settlements have been a figment of imagination for sci fi authors and film, Cousteau believes that it could be a reality in just a few decades. With current technology and government funding, underwater colonies were possible to ease the population explosion on earth’s surface.
4 Valuable research on marine life
Research collected over the span on one month has given scientists a better understanding on topics like climate change, pollution and other associated issues. Cousteau was able to observe octopuses, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sponges and eels.
The team was excited to have observed a huge barracuda get attacked by a Goliath grouper, something no man has ever seen before. The scientists used slow motion photography filming at 20,000 frames a second to gain valuable insight into the hunting behavior of marine animals. The team also entertained themselves with fun experiments like breaking an egg underwater or opening up a shaken up can of cola.
5 Cousteau lost four pounds due to the underwater conditions
Cousteau told reporters that modern technology and several Microsoft devices helped him survive in is cosy lab. However it was a physically challenging experience where the human body’ having adapted to the higher nitrogen content and increased pressure loses its sense of taste and experiences slight narcosis. The body also burns several calories trying to adapt to living underwater for 31 days. Cousteau lost six pounds.
The only glitch experienced in the living quarters was when the air-conditioning broke creating temperatures of 98F and 100% humidity. Although some of the aquanauts acquired sinus infections, better conditions resulted after a few days.