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A Tour of One of the World's Only Underwater Labs With Fabien Cousteau

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the under-the-sea dept.

Science 30

An anonymous reader writes Having completed his 31-day stretch underwater, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, shows off his underwater laboratory to PBS in this video. When asked about his observations' Fabien said' "It's just amazing, we've seen so much new behavior that I've never seen before. Fish sleeping in sponges, a goliath grouper attacking a barracuda, never seen that before, I don't think anyone has ever caught it on film before. Christmas tree worms, spawning and giving off this milky smoke like stuff off. I mean it's just science fiction, it's really amazing down here. And that's why we're down here, my grandfather used to say, in order to film a fish you must become a fish. So we're trying to get as close as we can to becoming fish."

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Meh. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394513)

All he's done is lock himself up in what is essentially a water-tight trailer that could be anywhere, including his back yard.

re: That could be anywhere, including his backyard (3, Informative)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 5 months ago | (#47394647)

No.
The pressure inside of a water-tight trailer at sea-level is 1 bar. The Aquarius is at "environmental" pressure, meaning 2.8b when you're 18m below sea-level. This means they will experience the same effects of pressure as a scuba diver but on a much longer period.

So yes, this would be a family record for saturation diving (see older thread).

Re: That could be anywhere, including his backyard (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 5 months ago | (#47401679)

Bah.
You say "underwater habitat", I say "mom's basement".

Re:Meh. (1)

sh00z (206503) | about 5 months ago | (#47398567)

and TFA is all wrong. It's not "his" lab. Aquarius [wikipedia.org] is owned by NOAA, operated by Florida International University, and leased to whoever can book/afford time.

Impressive discoveries (1)

HairyNevus (992803) | about 5 months ago | (#47394523)

Still, not as cool as discovering the Jaguar Shark.

Re:Impressive discoveries (3, Funny)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 5 months ago | (#47394537)

>Still, not as cool as discovering the Jaguar Shark.

I discovered the Skoda Shark, but I couldn't even sell it used.

Re:Impressive discoveries (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 5 months ago | (#47394649)

That joke Zissou'd right over your head...

What??? (1)

zoomshorts (137587) | about 5 months ago | (#47394599)

"one of the world's only", what exactly does that mean??? Is it the world's only?

One of the (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394601)

oblig [xkcd.com]

Re:One of the (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about 5 months ago | (#47397725)

I esp. love "one of the only" ... so is there multiple, or is there only this one, or is your logic just fucked up?

You too can beat his record. (1)

smurd (48976) | about 5 months ago | (#47394621)

Words mean things (3, Insightful)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 5 months ago | (#47394661)

I'm one of the world's only men. I'm one of the smartest, best looking, cleanest, dirtiest, stupidest, transparent, greenest and fluffiest people on the planet.

I am one of them, and adding "only" adds no context. How about quantifying? One of 3? Or one of 100?

Re:Words mean things (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 5 months ago | (#47394747)

One of 18 or so?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Words mean things (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 5 months ago | (#47395635)

Thanks, but it doesn't fix the headline, and it doesn't prevent future copying content-free verbiage directly from terrible writers. I would not have thought of looking for "underwater habitat" myself.

Re:Words mean things (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | about 5 months ago | (#47396281)

Perhaps they meant, one of the only underwater labs with a Fabien Cousteau in it?

Not that that helps anything, but still, who knows what they are trying to say.

Re:Words mean things (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 5 months ago | (#47394753)

Maybe they meant that the lab is only underwater. As opposed to, y'know, being a bit underwater.

For becoming fish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394691)

....they should remove bubbles.

His grandpa did that decades ago. How is that today we can't do it?

Re:For becoming fish... (1)

Shadowmist (57488) | about 5 months ago | (#47400221)

....they should remove bubbles.

His grandpa did that decades ago. How is that today we can't do it?

Cousteau's deep divers DID have exhalation bubbles. rebreathers simply will not function beyond very shallow dives. Because you must balance your own internal pressure against that of the sea, and the human lung wasn't evolved for doing much more than 1 bar. You may be thinking of Conshelf Three which was an extended habitat some 328 feet below the surface. There were no exhalation bubbles because it was necessary to tether the aquanauts to the habitat with hoses delivering fresh helix (an air mix of about 98 percent helium and 2 percent oxygen) and retrieving it from the user's lungs. As they were breathing over 10 x surface pressure this was necessary to prevent the habitat from losing it's air and consequently being flooded. The triple tank backpacks they wore were only for emergency use and would have provided at most about 10 minutes of breathing. For a shallow lab like this one, there is no need to tether the divers in this fashion.

Bored bored bored bored (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47395013)

Ooowwwww, howling mad Murphy here, it's the zing of the day. Haha fignuts

Re: Bored bored bored bored (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47396853)

Chopper Dave!
Heyoooooo!

not a record (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47395579)

been done many times by sat divers. not a record at all

Jacques-Yves (2)

Anonyme Connard (218057) | about 5 months ago | (#47395633)

... grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau ...

Re:Jacques-Yves (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47397899)

What a homo.

Underwater (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47395809)

I read it as "Underwear" first. Underwater makes more sense.

Sound's kind of fishy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47396261)

But if it smells like fish, looks like fish, it must be a...

As a diver, all props to Gran Pere (1)

QQBoss (2527196) | about 5 months ago | (#47396973)

Seriously, without Jacques Yves Cousteau (and military divers), there probably wouldn't have been nearly the early development of scuba diving that brought in the talent and creativity required to make it safer than riding a bike on the street (something else I do with great regularity at night, thank you, Cree LED lights). Scuba diving today has a fatality estimate of about 5 per 100K divers.

But other than show the effects of 31 days of 2.8 bar, what else did he do of significance that couldn't be more easily, cheaply, and probably better done using a 360 degree video camera set up with lights on an underwater drone dropped off the back of a research ship for 31 days?

Has he even been diving before? (1)

ckhorne (940312) | about 5 months ago | (#47397029)

Has Fabien even been diving before? Fish sleeping in sponges? I've seen that on nearly every night dive I've done. Christmas tree worms spawning are science fiction? Really? I have my own pictures of that: https://www.flickr.com/photos/... [flickr.com] - and I'm pretty sure I'm not special here.

Seems to me this guy needs to get out some more. Or at least find something useful to do with his life other than try to capitalize on his name with ridiculous stunts...

In 2 years, (1)

zannox (173829) | about 5 months ago | (#47397169)

When this woman falls asleep behind the wheel, for no apparent reason, they'll string her up for being careless. Because it will have to be her fault right!.......WTF is going the be the result of this "stimulation of the brain"?

Re:In 2 years, (1)

CaptQuark (2706165) | about 5 months ago | (#47397735)

LOL. This comment should be in the story before this one. Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47408299)

I was totally positive this was a Underwear lab, not underwater.

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