KEY LARGO, Fla. (May 8, 2023) — Dr. Joseph Dituri, also known as Dr. Deep Sea to school aged children across the globe, is currently 69 days into a 100-day undersea mission, located in his lodge 30 feet below the sea in Key Largo. Dr. Dituri is conducting groundbreaking medical and marine science research and will soon set the record for underwater human habitation at ambient pressure.
Dituri will set a record for human sub-sea habitation at ambient pressure on May 13, the 73rd day of the mission. The previous record was set in 2014 by Tennessee teachers Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain, who also spent their time submerged at Jules’ Undersea Lodge.
While undersea, he has virtually interacted and taught more than 2,300 students in more than 10 countries, including Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Ireland, Korea, and the United Kingdom, and welcomed more than a dozen science-focused researchers and digital influencers.
The 100-day mission began March 1 when Dituri submerged to live and work in and around the undersea lab at the Marine Resources Development Foundation’s MarineLab facility. He is expected to resurface on June 9 after completing his 100-day mission where he will then submit to in-depth medical examinations by a team of doctors to learn about the effects to the human body.
Dituri’s objectives include continuing his research with hyperbaric oxygen therapy on human health and exploring the ocean’s role in the treatment of disease. Beneficial for students of all ages, armed forces veterans and athletes, the goal of the entire journey is to inspire the next generation of STEM students and to impress upon humanity the need for scientific exploration.
“We are excited not only about the prospects of what Dr. Dituri may learn in his science exploration, but also for the exposure he is bringing to students in and out of classrooms who will inherit the issues of today’s planet,” said Ginette Hughes. Chief Executive Officer, Marine Resources Development Foundation.
While undersea, Dituri is holding regular online classes including the hyperbaric medicine classes he teaches at University of South Florida and college-level biomedical engineering courses for high school students.
About Dr. Joseph Dituri; Dr. Deep Sea
Dr. Joseph Dituri, also known as Dr. Deep Sea, is living underseas in a 100-day-long mission combining education for students of all ages, ocean conservation research, and the study of the physiological and psychological effects of compression on the human body. Dituri is a hyperbaric medicine researcher, educator, diving explorer, motivational speaker and best-selling author. Dituri holds a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Florida, where he now serves as an associate professor. Dituri is a retired U.S. Navy Saturation Diver who served 28 years.