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Aquarius: The Underwater Lab

60 feet under the water, a team of scientists are working 24 hours a day, living, breathing and studying our underwater worlds.

Aquarius an undersea laboratory and home for scientists studying the marine environment. Owned by NOAA, the Aquarius program is operated by Florida International University (FIU). The underwater habitat currently sits in about 60 feet of water, 4.5 kilometers offshore of Key Largo, Florida, on a sand patch adjacent to deep coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Through saturation diving techniques, Aquarius allows scientists to live and work underwater 24 hours per day for mission that typically last 10 days. Living underwater allows scientists to conduct research and observe thing that would be difficult to observe if diving from the surface.

Read more about Aquarius at NOAA.

Experience what it’s like and go underwater with the Aquarium of the Pacific Live Tropical Reef Cam here!

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