Basi­cally, what we were able to achieve in 31 days is col­lecting over three years worth of data because we were living and working at the bottom of the sea. That gave us the luxury of time to col­lect that data,” he says. “Sci­en­tists were over­whelmed and elated by the amount of data and DNA sam­ples we were able to col­lect.” North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Florida Inter­na­tional University–which both dis­patched researchers to join Cousteau in the schoolbus-​​sized undersea lab–expect to gen­erate at least 10 sci­en­tific papers from the journey.

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