07 Mar '12, 3pm

Killer Whale-Inspired Submarine Is Just for Fun, and That's a Good Thing

Killer Whale-Inspired Submarine Is Just for Fun, and That's a Good Thing

Scientists have already developed technology to generate wind power by copying whale fins. This latest whale-inspired creation won't do much to advance science or human knowledge, but it could be a whole lot of fun. Hammacher Schlemmer's Killer Whale Submarine looks just like an Orca, with a max speed of 50 mph and the ability to spyhop and porpoise, much like a real whale. © Hammacher Schlemmer The submarine can't actually go very far underwater; a built-in snorkel supplies air to the engine as deep as five feet. Otherwise, it's a pretty good imitation. The pilot uses levers to control pectoral fins and steers with foot pedals. So while this toy may not teach anything much about whales, it's a great example of how we can learn from nature , and shows that scientific and technological advances don't need to be serious; they can be a bit silly, too. By the way, a Killer Wha...

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