02 May '12, 7pm

Sharks with actual frickin’ laser beams

Sharks with actual frickin’ laser beams

Oil spill? Pff, whatevs. The new undersea menace is considerably more dangerous, where by “more dangerous” I mean “less dangerous, but more awesome.” That’s right, folks: I’m talking about sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads . (We got the ill-tempered mutated sea bass ages ago .) Far from being the plaything of an evil genius, these sharks are a publicity stunt by a company called Wicked Lasers, which promised to create the hideous fish-machine hybrids if enough people liked the idea on Facebook. OBVIOUSLY enough people did, so the company attached a 50-milliwatt laser to the dorsal fin of a lemon shark. Marine biologist Luke Tipple, who carried out the procedure, claims that the experiment was not just a mad demonstration of power: Tipple said the experiment was instructive in a number of ways. For starters, he was able to further test his clamping ap...

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