“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.