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Adventurer to travel Caribbean in 'ocean bubble'

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 07:56:22-04

A man has spent three nights sleeping on a South Florida beach while he builds an unusual vessel, and it's all for a good cause.

It looks like a Ferris wheel out in the ocean, and close up it's still difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is.

The mastermind behind the man-propelled bubble, Reza Baluchi, calls it a hydro-pod and he plans to travel inside it from Pompano Beach to Bermuda, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

"Mind is power. It's 85 percent your mind. Anything you can do," Baluchi said.

This type of adventure isn't unusual for the endurance athlete who said he has survived weeks in Death Valley, biked across six continents and run around the perimeter of the United States.

In 2014, he tried to run across the sea in a similar bubble, but a distress signal notified the Coast Guard and Baluchi had to terminate his trip.

His rescue cost authorities about $144,000.

"They burst my bubble, and now I put signs up that say 'please don't burst my bubble,'" he said with a laugh.

Baluchi has been working the last couple of years to perfect the hydro-pod. Each side has 36 buoyancy balls and he has a life jacket that has a water filter, a GPS tracking device, and even shark repellent.

To survive out at sea, Baluchi filled backpacks with endurace bars, sea sick gum, and tied Gatorade bottles with pantyhoes to the hydropod. His goal is to run through every country in the world and raise money for children in need.

"I try to do the best thing from my heart. Giving help to children," Baluchi said.

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami