(ISLAMORADA, Fla.) — After spending 31 days living underwater in the Florida Keys, Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is scheduled to set foot on dry land Wednesday afternoon.
Since embarking on the undersea mission a month ago, Fabien Cousteau and his team have been living on freeze-dried food and have conducted marine experiments from the lab, while broadcasting the entire mission online.
Cousteau and his team have also welcomed visitors to their underwater laboratory, including actor Ian Somerhalder, Cousteau’s father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Celine.
The laboratory is the only underwater marine laboratory in the world and is operated by Florida International University. Only 46 feet long and 10 feet wide, the laboratory has been used for 21 years by scientists and has a working kitchen with microwave and even Wi-Fi, which Fabien Cousteau used to tweet about life underwater.
Cousteau and his team began their journey on June 1 and have spent the past month studying the effects of climate change and pollution on a nearby coral reef.
The team prepared for weeks before the final “splashdown” by prepping diving equipment and overhauling the laboratory, now a kind of living reef with coral and other aquatic life affixed to its shell.
The mission comes 50 years after Jacques Cousteau conducted a similar experiment, living at the bottom of the Red Sea for 30 days.
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