It may not be 20,000 leagues under the sea, but an underwater base destined for a stretch of Caribbean seabed is drawing comparisons with the science-fiction world of Jules Verne.

The two-story structure is the brainchild of Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the French explorer Jacques, and is to be sited 60 feet underwater off the island of Curaçao. It is intended to be the ocean’s equivalent of the International Space Station (ISS) when completed in about three years’ time.

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