Called the SeaOrbiter, the huge 51m (167ft) structure is set to be the world's first vertical ship allowing man a revolutionary view of life below the surface.
Mr Rougerie [the ship's designer] wants the ship to be a space station for the sea giving scientists an insight into the little-known world under the sea.
'SeaOrbiter will provide a permanent mobile presence with a window to what is under the surface of the sea."
'The food and medicines of the future will come from the ocean. We're now starting to realise that oceans have a major role in the fragile equilibrium of our planet.'
Fragile equilibrium is right. And somehow I get the feeling we're screwing it up. Like a fat man and a toddler on opposite ends of a seesaw. No, this fragile equilibrium is about to get broken! *radio static* "All the king's men on standby -- and don't f*** this one up like you did Humpy."
Hit the jump for several more shots of the floating research station.
Thanks to gizmoduck and Kenny Gothface, who live 20,000 leagues under the sea and dine on glow-in-the-dark fish and those ones with the scary ass teeth.