Posts tagged ‘silly’

June 13, 2011

Techno Flying Manatee Attack!

I spent the morning reading Jon Lithgow’s very lovely I’m a Manatee children’s book to a squad of camp children at the local library.  One of the kids had a great question: “What do manatees sound like?”  Well, squeaky.  That’s the real answer.

It made me think of my favorite line in the book though: “I’m a manatee!  I’m a manatee!  … No one will ever hear me use profanity!”

Naturally I believed Lithgow on this, until I found the above video while googling “manatee sounds”.  This is decidedly NSFW if you turn your speakers up loud.. but I’m pretty sure the title tipped you off to that!  You can file this under dumb but in my sleep-deprived state it’s solidly hilarious.

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June 3, 2011

White Shark Fever.. Dun-na-nahh!

Wait, that’s not AC/DC is it? Apparently I need to shore up my classic rock knowledge!  Perhaps to get a good dose I’ll just head on down to Adelaide, Australia and sign on for a white shark cage diving charter and experience with the guys at Adventure Bay Charter who pump underwater speakers full of AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long and ironically If You Want Blood.

Instead of chumming for the sharks these days – which seems to rile them up and lead to aggressively charged viewing – the low frequencies in these songs are thought to be the lure that leads them in towards the boat.  Now whether that’s something they’ve always been attracted to (low frequency whale songs anyone?) or they’ve learned by association (low frequency boat motor sounds = chum?) is anyone’s guess at the moment, but let’s be real: SHARKS LOVE CLASSIC ROCK!  Perhaps it’s a mystery that no one needs to pry apart but just enjoy.

Also exciting, the copy of Project White Shark from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I just ordered.  For ten years now I’ve marveled at MBA’s tireless patience and tenacity in researching and displaying these big beautiful predators.  There’s still so much to learn, but this release promises to shed quite a lot of light on the summary of their project’s endeavors so far.   Pick one up if you’re a shark nerd like me!

You can also read more from MBA about sharks and especially their protection with regards to the shark fin trade over at their blog Sea Notes, where Executive Director Julie Packard posted this passionate take on the issue.