Bionic Dolphin

By Deane Barker on December 17, 2004

innespace.com: I’ve known a lot of women in my life who would have given their right arm to become a dolphin. Now they can, sort of.

These positively buoyant vessels use their forward momentum and the downward lift of their wings to literally fly below the water’s surface. This radical departure from the typical method of sinking below the surface allow the Bionic Dolphins to achieve an unparrallelled level of freestyle performance.

The official site is here, though it’s utterly hopeless from a usability perspective. A good CNN article is here.

A little reading enlightening me to the way dolphins swim. They swim in the same way that planes fly, just in reverse. They can only stay underwater if they keep moving, because it’s the movement of water over their “wings” that lets them “fly” downward into the water, in the same way that it’s the movement of air of a plane’s wings that let’s it fly upward into the air. (At least, I think that’s how it works…)

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