Fabien Cousteau Breaks Grandpa's Underwater Mark

Grandson emerges after 31 days in lab

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2014 1:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – Like grandfather, like grandson. Fabien Cousteau emerged onto land yesterday after spending 31 days in an underwater lab off the Florida Keys, reports the Guardian. The mission in the Aquarius Reef Base, located 63 feet below the surface, comes 50 years after grandpa Jacques Cousteau spent 30 days living underwater in the Red Sea. "It was amazing how much it felt like home," says Fabien Cousteau, who hopes the mission and resulting documentary will continue the family tradition of raising awareness about undersea exploration, reports ABC News.

The lab, run by Florida International University, is 46 feet long and 10 feet wide and even has WiFi in addition to more basic amenities such as a microwave-equipped kitchen. Another researcher who spent the full 31 days down below, Mark Hulsbeck, sums it up this way: “You’ve been to aquariums where you are watching fish? Well there, they were watching us.”

Fabien Cousteau returns to the dock after 31 days undersea in the Aquarius Reef Base in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Fabien Cousteau waves from inside the underwater lab.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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