xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jul 30 01:00 AM
July 30, 2009: Whale Tale
Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
Scriveyn Thursday Jul 30 02:59 AM
DucksNuts Thursday Jul 30 05:35 AM
Way cooler if they were out in the ocean, but pretty nifty.
capnhowdy Thursday Jul 30 07:56 AM
20 Feet? I guess one can drown in a lot shallower water.
Shawnee123 Thursday Jul 30 09:23 AM
Ocean creatures (even when displaced) are the coolest.
ajaccio Thursday Jul 30 10:35 AM
wolf Thursday Jul 30 10:42 AM
Was her father the keeper of the Eddystone light?
Pie Thursday Jul 30 11:13 AM
newtimer Thursday Jul 30 11:24 AM
...or maybe the whale was in the mood for some Chinese today.
glatt Thursday Jul 30 11:48 AM
Or maybe the 20 foot deep "tank" was an aquarium with an observation window, and the photographer was outside the tank.
Clodfobble Thursday Jul 30 02:09 PM
How in the world do people swim that deep? My ears are in agony by the time I'm ten feet under.
Shawnee123 Thursday Jul 30 02:35 PM
Dove to 110 feet once...you gotta hold your nose and pop your ears. One of the foam drink holders (our instructor brought it along to show us) was compressed to the size of a pencil.
glatt Thursday Jul 30 02:46 PM
What's amazing are the submarine evacuation training tanks the Navy has. You have no air tank, just a hood. They open a hatch at the bottom of one of these towers, and you swim the hundred feet or so to the top.
Shawnee123 Thursday Jul 30 03:21 PM
Wow. The only difference would be not needing decompression!
glatt Thursday Jul 30 03:25 PM
Well, in the Navy tank, you are breathing compressed air in the chamber at the bottom, and when you swim up to the top, you have to exhale (scream) the whole time so you don't burst from the expanding air in your lungs.
Shawnee123 Thursday Jul 30 03:32 PM
Yeah, that makes sense. Pretty neat.
SteveDallas Thursday Jul 30 04:11 PM
What's the failure rate? I imagine the consequences for not doing it right would be nasty.
glatt Thursday Jul 30 04:37 PMthere were 23.
The good news is that at these Navy places, they have staff and facilities right there ready to treat you. Not like if you have a diving accident at some remote tropical island.
Sarasvati48 Thursday Jul 30 09:46 PM
Who took the picture?
ZenGum Thursday Jul 30 10:26 PM
monster Thursday Jul 30 10:33 PM
TheMercenary Friday Jul 31 10:02 PM
Since she was tank kept, I wonder if she was not trained to do this kind of rescue for swimmers.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Aug 1 01:02 AM
Not trained, although she has had a lot of interaction with humans. They claim everyone was very surprised.
TheMercenary Monday Aug 3 09:35 PM
I knew it! That is exactly what I was thinking! The Whales would just beach themselves and Tora Tora Tora! Wait that was the Japs.