The idea of living underwater may evoke images of mermaids, but an expert has predicted that it could become a reality in the future.

Simon Evetts, a space operations expert, believes that scientists may be able to direct evolution to give people superhuman abilities.

Speaking at a conference this week, Mr Evetts claimed that with the right modifications, we could ‘see an aspect of society moving into the oceans in the future.’

Mr Evetts is director of space operations at Blue Abyss, the world’s biggest deep sea and space research facility.

His research currently focuses on how astronauts’ bodies can be adapted for journeys into space.

But he believes that this research could soon be extended to optimising humans on Earth.

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