Cousteau Leads Aquanauts In Florida Keys Undersea Expedition
By National Geographic // June 29, 2014
Timed For 50 Years After Historic Jacques Cousteau Effort, Mission 31 Advances Ocean Science and Exploration
THE FLORIDA KEYS – Fabien Cousteau is leading a team of scientists, educators, and filmmakers this month on the longest-ever expedition in a stationary habitat beneath the sea.
Launched on June 1, Mission 31 is a 31-day, privately funded expedition at Florida International University’s Medina Aquarius Reef Base.
The habitat lies 63 feet (19 meters) below the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Windows look out on swimming fish and deep coral reefs. (See “Stunning Underwater Photos for World Ocean Day.”)
The team is studying climate change, ocean acidification, plastics pollution, decline of biodiversity, and predator-prey relationships.
Cousteau and his colleagues are also making a documentary film and have participated in more than 50 educational Skype sessions with schools, aquariums, and museums in the United States, Canada, Australia, Kenya, and the Czech Republic.
VIDEOS BELOW: FABIEN COUSTEAU TAKES YOU ON A TOUR OF AQUARIUS
ABOVE VIDEO: Fabien Cousteau talks about longest-ever expedition in a stationary habitat beneath the sea.
ABOVE VIDEO: Fabien Cousteau takes you on a tour of the habitat that lies 63 feet below the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.