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Another installation of fun, tasty tidbits for the first Friday afternoon of October. Leading off the inning is a great clip from the folks at SyFy creating a whole new hybrid sure to make your days at the beach a little more terrifying. Move over Rich Ross, looks like the master of straight to video movies Eric Roberts beat you to the punch on this lead. Any chance the Steinhart Aquarium might be doing any Sharktopus research? Thanks Laughing Squid for this one! Plenty more after the break.
According to this post on WIRED, a new report shows terrestrial animals left the water for the land due to an oxygen spike in the atmosphere generated by plants over 350 million years ago. Using prehistoric oxygen levels extrapolated from ancient mineral sediments the research suggests aquatic life went into overdrive after plants boosted atmospheric oxygen levels and the oceans became so fiercely competitive that some fish sought safe haven outside them. This groundbreaking new evidence was published on Sept. 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Japan is putting a public aquarium on ice — literally! Called the “Kori no Suizokukan” (Ice Aquarium) and located in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, they display about 450 specimens of fish from over 80 different species that are flash frozen in a life-like state after being unloaded from fishing vessels at a nearby port. The Ice Aquarium has around 50 clear ice columns containing octopuses, crabs, salmon, saury and other local sea creatures. The displays are kept chilled out at a tepid minus 20 degrees Celsius and admission includes a much-needed parka. Get more info at InventorSpot.
Ahoy matey! Some spooking looking early submarines are showcased at Gizmodo. It’s amazing to look back on how things were back in the good ol’ days. A lot of these look more like torture devices than operational underwater craft. Enjoy!
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Finally, we’re feeling a bit of Elvis today for some odd reason. In honor of our friend Ret Talbot’s recent trip to Hawaii, we present you the King from his live concert “Aloha from Hawaii” that was broadcast via satellite in 1973. It was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The show took place at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. Like him or not, this guy had some serious charisma besides some AWESOME outfits.