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    June 30, 2016

    The Rotting Dolphin Project

    I wasn’t able to get on a boat this month, so yes, I have remained dry.

    I feel as though I have gained a few pounds, so I hope I can still fit into my wet suit when I finally get back into the water.

    Anyway, I came across a sort of bizarre article about a guy who obtained a dead dolphin and then sunk it to the bottom of the ocean to document its decomposition.

    Eddie Kisfaludy, a marine biologist and National Geographic grantee, received a call from a guy who found a dead dolphin that was washed up on shore.

    Instead of throwing the dolphin in the trash, it was re-purposed for his experiment.

    A SCUBA Diver

    According to the article, the dolphin was placed at a “shallow” 180 feet where the rotting corpse created a whole new mini-ecosystem.

    A rotting Dolphin

    As strange as this world has been lately, Kisfaludy has been given credit as the first guy to ever document the underwater decomposition of a dolphin.

    A rotting Dolphin

    The entire article, with a short video, can be found here: Filming a Time-Lapse of a Dolphin Carcass on the Seafloor is No Easy Task

    April 30, 2016

    SCUBA Diving Robots To Make Divers Obsolete

    Drone pilots can bomb and terrorize from thousand of miles away; with the same type of technology, Stanford University has developed a SCUBA diving robot.

    SCUBA Diving Robot

    Well, since the diving robot is unable to breathe, the term SCUBA may not apply here; I’m sure it can’t get bent either.

    The robot has artificial intelligence built into it, however there is a “virtual” diver who controls and experiences what the robot is doing.

    The robot has arms, hands, stereo vision and the virtual diver can even feel what the robot picks up.

    The robot has been designed to go as deep as 2,000 meters (if you are an American, that is 6561.68 feet), which is about 6,000 feet deeper than any technical diver can go.

    SCUBA Diving Robot
    A real SCUBA diver fist bumps a robot diver.

    Can you image 100 years from now, when people will go to a shop and be able to virtually control a diving robot anywhere in the world?


    Stanford’s humanoid robot explores an abandoned shipwreck

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