A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's Hari Sreenivasan in this all-too-short interview from the ocean floor.

Cousteau's Mission 31 set out to study the effect of global warming on coral reefs, and to add a day to the 30-day underwater study his grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, conducted 50 years ago. The team, which just returned to the surface this week, collected enough data for at least 10 research papers on the subject.

It's amazing to think what a different world lurks just 60-some feet below the ocean. [PBS; The Miami Herald]