Welcome to our weekly edition of the Friday Smorgasbord. All those strange and wonderful aquatic-related tidbits that captured our attention this week. To send you off on your weekend, we’ve got an interesting array including a video that proves Orcas are bullies, a look to see if Michael Phelps is better than a fish, drone geekery and some salty art!
Thar She Throws!
A guide leading a tour around the Galapagos Islands saw some rare visitors, Orca whales, and took the passengers by for a closer look. They were all for a surprise when these hunters found a green sea turtle and decided to make the hunt more playful by tossing the turtle out of the water and into the air. According to the notes on the video posted by the tour company, Quasar Expeditions, the video was taken in the Bolivar Channel off the coast of Fernandina Island. They also note, “You can see La Cumbre volcano in the background on Fernandina. Though transient Orca pods are not uncommon in the Galapagos, they are only seen very infrequently by visitors. Transients are opportunistic predators and feed on species including sea lions, dolphins, fish and in this case, green sea turtles.”
Who would win, Michael Phelps or a Real Fish?
Swimmer Michael Phelps is a beast in the water and as one of the most decorated Olympians of all time, many wonder how he would compare to a real fish? This video doesn’t actually pit Phelps vs. a fish, but examines the hemoglobin molecule and how it differs in fish, making them much more effective swimmers.
Man Catches Bass with Drone, Immediately Geeks Out
People geek out about their drones looking for new things to do and this one drone owner, thought he’d try his hand at fishing. He attached a line to his drone and trolled a jitterbug on Lake Champlain in Canada. He hooked a pretty good sized bass (I think monster is a bit overstated) but the best part is him geeking out running from the lake to prove to his wife and kids that he caught the fish. Give the guy credit though, he did catch and release.
Tim Gunn Would Be Impressed
Israeli artist Sigalit Landau produced one heck of a fashion transformation when she submerged a 1920s era dress into the Dead Sea in 2014. She captured the evolution over time as salt encrusted and crystallized on the dress and her photos of the transformation are now on display at the Marlborough Contemporary museum in London. In fact, this isn’t the first time she’s used the Dead Sea for her art, check out some of her other works here.