Like viewers world­wide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather’s films about marine life and human explo­ration under­water. Now he’s adding to his family’s sea sto­ries with a 31-​​day under­water expe­di­tion in the Florida Keys.

Cousteau is set to dive Sunday to Aquarius Reef Base, a school bus-​​sized lab­o­ra­tory 60 feet below the ocean’s sur­face, a few miles off Key Largo. He plans to spend more than a month living under­water with a five-​​person crew, making a doc­u­men­tary and leading sci­ence exper­i­ments on the nearby coral reef.

The idea for “Mis­sion 31″ came to Cousteau two years ago when he vis­ited Aquarius during a fundraising push to save the lab, which fed­eral budget cuts had threat­ened to per­ma­nently close.

It reminded me that I’ve always wanted to live under­water,” Cousteau said Sat­urday at his training base in Islamorada.

Mis­sion 31″ builds on the legacy of Con­shelf II, the 30-​​day under­water living exper­i­ment in the Red Sea that Jacques Cousteau filmed in 1963 for his Oscar-​​winning doc­u­men­tary “World Without Sun.”

The younger Cousteau can do some­thing his grand­fa­ther could not: broad­cast the entire adven­ture live online and com­mu­ni­cate with the public through social media and video chats with class­rooms on land.

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