Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Aims to Break 30 Day Under Water Record

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 5 years ago
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fabienThe grandson of the famed Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, is attempting to break his grandfathers record of the longest time spent underwater. The record is currently held by his grandfather for spending 30 days in an underwater laboratory in the Red Sea in 1963. Fabien Cousteau plans to spend 31 days living in an undersea laboratory in the Florida Keys called the Aquarius. The Aquarius, an undersea research laboratory, is located near Key Largo, Florida and currently operated by Florida International University. Located at 60 feet beneath the surface, it is currently the only underwater laboratory and habitat in the World. This is a pretty amazing underwater laboratory,which includes air conditioning, wireless internet, a bathroom, shower, and bunk beds with ocean views. The Aquarius allows for unparalleled study of the marine life and coral reefs outside the laboratory windows, since it allows for such long lengths of uninterrupted viewing. The design of the lab allows divers to return to the surface without the need for a decompression chamber, since it is pressurized. It should be interesting to see what research comes out of this month long stay. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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