Kristen Elise Clark

Two Weeks Under the Sea

Aquanauts study the health of marine organisms—by becoming their neighbors.

Originally published on NOVA Aug. 28th, 2014

Six miles off the coast of Key Largo and 63 feet below the ocean surface sits the world’s only undersea marine laboratory—the FIU Aquarius Reef Base. There, researchers from Florida International University, Northeastern University, and MIT recently joined documentarian Fabien Cousteau for Mission 31. The month-long project aimed to study the effects of global warming and ocean acidification on nearby Conch Reef and raise awareness of fragile ocean ecosystems. Follow Liz Bentley Magee, a mission scientist, as she lives, works and sleeps under the sea.

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Produced, Edited & Recorded by
Kristen Clark

Editorial help from
Anna Rothschild

Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2014

MEDIA CREDITS

Scientist switch-out, Inside Aquarius, FIU Science Videos
© Mission 31

Aquarius Video
Sea Monsters Revealed: The Exhibition, Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films

Additional Videos
Francis Choi

Featured Image (Fabien Cousteau and Aquarius)
© Kip Evans, Mission Blue

Mission 31 Splash Up Stills
© Carrie Vonderhaar

Sylvia (black background) Still
© Kip Evans

Liz and Sylvia Under Habitat Still
© Matthew Ferraro, changing Tides/Mission 31

Grouper2 (Diver and Goliath Grouper) Still
Flickr/Matthew Hoelscher (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Poster Image: Sea Monsters Revealed: The Exhibition, Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films

Music: Massive
Podington Bear (soundofpicture.com)