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  • (subdued dramatic orchestral music)

  • - [Narrator] The world's oceans are under siege.

  • Marine life is dying at alarming rates

  • due to accelerating pollution, overfishing,

  • and climate change.

  • - People keep saying, “We're at a tipping point."

  • Some people say, "We're beyond a tipping point."

  • - [Narrator] But six miles off the shores of Key Largo

  • and 60 feet deep sits Aquarius,

  • the world's only underwater research laboratory.

  • - There is no other place where people live underwater

  • and work underwater for extended periods of time.

  • - [Narrator] The diver-scientists who work here

  • are called aquanauts,

  • and they come from all over the world to spend weeks

  • at Florida International University's Underwater Lab,

  • conducting cutting-edge research on oceanic health.

  • This elite group faces danger in the elements

  • for the sake of the planet in a race against time.

  • - The research at Aquarius,

  • it's being conducted at a critical time.

  • Aquarius, Aquarius Reef Base.

  • (garbled radio transmission)

  • That's a roger.

  • We got the main lock on.

  • Aquarius is the last undersea research laboratory

  • dedicated to science and education in the world today.

  • - There is no other underwater habitat

  • doing what we do how we do it.

  • - [Aquanaut] It allows researchers to live

  • at their study site.

  • They can do incredibly long working dives,

  • dives which couldn't be done from the surface.

  • (water splashing)

  • - When you're diving from the surface,

  • the deeper you go the less time you have.

  • When you live underwater,

  • the habitat actually becomes your surface.

  • When you dive from the habitat, which is about 50 feet,

  • and you dive to 90 feet,

  • you're not really diving to 90 feet;

  • you're really diving to 40 feet from the surface.

  • So, now what you've done is you've extended

  • that time period that you can actually spend at 90 feet.

  • That's where it really separates

  • from the traditional research or work that's done

  • from vessels on the surface of the water.

  • That makes a big difference.

  • - [Thomas] Marine ecologists use it as a base of operation.

  • Others wanna use it

  • for extreme-environment mission operations.

  • We do a number of projects with NASA,

  • and they say that Aquarius is very similar

  • to what astronauts experience in space.

  • - Everybody, when they're five years old,

  • wants to be an astronaut or a marine biologist.

  • I never grew out of it.

  • Living and doing science underwater

  • is the coolest thing I could possibly imagine.

  • - What does it take to become an aquanaut?

  • We look at people who have

  • considerable experience underwater.

  • Diving has to be second nature.

  • It's not uncommon for people

  • not to finish aquanaut training.

  • They start to understand that, maybe psychologically,

  • "I'm not prepared to be in a confined environment

  • "with five other people for 10 days."

  • - That's the typical length of missions,

  • but we have done longer ones.

  • We've done 16-day; we've done 18-day.

  • The longest one to date have been 31 days long.

  • - [Thomas] We've saturated 392 scientists now.

  • - Both you guys got your mask, fins, BC, depth gauge,

  • pressure gauge, computer.

  • - [Aquanaut] Check.

  • - I can honestly tell you from the bottom of my heart

  • that I enjoy waking up in the morning, and then coming to work.

  • Yeah, I enjoy my job, a lot.

  • - It's not an easy job, keeping Aquarius going,

  • constantly fighting weather, constantly fighting corrosion,

  • but everyday we wake up and say: "All right,

  • "we've gotta do something today because

  • "what's happening with the oceans isn't stopping."

  • (funky electronic synthesizer music)

(subdued dramatic orchestral music)

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    許大善 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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