Monday, June 17, 2013

Some People Will Do Anything for Science

Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic
Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.

Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.
Yes, scientists have been known to be practical jokers, and I can't think of a better practical joke than convincing the earnest, good looking  wanna be scientist that she has to go naked swimming with the dolphins belugas in near zero degree water.  The astonishing thing is it worked,  both convincing her, and that she got along with the belugas.
The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.
The good news is that they took pictures, and the better news is that the Brits published them (of course)...

Wombat-Socho at The Other McCain checks in with his weekly compendium of  the original Rule 5 series "Rule 5 Monday" in a plain brown wrapper.

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