- Dr. Joseph Dituri, known as “Dr. Deep”, has spent an astounding 100 days beneath the sea, breaking the previous record of underwater living without depressurization.
- Not just for the glory of the record, but to extend human tolerance for the underwater world and environments of isolation and extremity, Dr. Deep dove deep indeed!
- With the moniker ‘Project Neptune 100’, Dituri embarked on a journey of discovery about the human body and mind under extended exposure to extreme pressure and isolation.
- Beyond just personal exploration, Dr. Deep connected with thousands of students from around the world, sharing his experience and fostering a love for the marine environment.
In the Florida Keys where the sun does glow,
Dr. Joseph Dituri, “Dr. Deep”, decided to go below.
For 100 days, he chose to stay,
Under the sea, night and day!
Not for the fame or for a lark,
But to understand humans in the dark,
In places where pressure is high,
And isolation makes time fly by.
In Jules’ Undersea Lodge he resided,
Where the pressure outside and inside coincided.
73 days was the record to beat,
But Dr. Deep didn’t retreat.
The title “Dr. Deep Sea” he carries,
A USF professor who never tarries.
A doctorate in biomedical engineering he holds,
A retired Naval officer, brave and bold.
Underwater he lived, and there he stayed,
For Project Neptune 100, the groundwork was laid.
The project aimed to see,
How humans react under the sea.
Experiments and measurements were his daily feat,
Monitoring his body under pressure, no small feat.
Guinness World Records, they did see,
And named him the record holder, as happy as can be!
From his underwater den, he did teach,
Thousands of students within reach.
More than 60 visitors he did greet,
And a USF course, he did complete.
“The most gratifying part,” he did tell,
“Is inspiring students to keep the oceans well.”
Soon, his findings he will share,
At a conference in Scotland, for those who care.
The Cat in the Hat, with his bowtie so neat,
thought Dr. Deep’s adventure was quite a feat.
“Why, living under the sea, for a hundred days straight,
that’s something quite worthy of note, I should state!
It’s not just the record, oh no, not at all,
but the lessons he’s teaching, to students big and small.
They’re learning about oceans, about pressure and more,
and how to care for the sea, from shore to shore.
It reminds me of my own adventures, in a world of fun,
where learning and laughter are never done!”