Cousteau’s sci-fi vi­sion on seabed base

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

IT may not be 20,000 leagues un­der the sea, but an un­der­wa­ter base des­tined for a stretch of Caribbean Sea bed is draw­ing com­par­isons with the science-fic­tion world of Jules Verne.

The two-storey struc­ture is the brain­child of Fa­bien Cousteau, grand­son of the French ex­plorer Jac­ques, and is to be built 18m (60ft) un­der­wa­ter off the is­land of Cu­ra­cao. It is in­tended to be the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) when com­pleted in about three years time.

Called Pro­teus, after the Greek sea god, it will ac­com­mo­date lab­o­ra­to­ries, a green­house and sleep­ing quar­ters ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing 12 sci­en­tists for days at a time.

Fa­bien Cousteau

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