Definitely Not A Mermaid: Stunning Footage Of Sperm Whale Checking Out Underwater Robot At 2,000 Feet

April 17, 2015

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This is some remarkable footage from the remotely operated underwater vehicle Hercules of a sperm whale that comes to investigate the bot off the coast of Louisiana. The robot is about 2,000 feet down at the time of the encounter, significantly shallower than a typical sperm whale dive (around 4,000 feet) and nowhere near their max depth (over 10,500 feet). Could you imagine being able to hold your breath for an hour and dive TWO MILES? I don't even feel comfortable doing a pencil off the low dive.

Keep going for the video, complete with live commentary, which isn't necessarily a bonus.

Thanks to Joseph, who's convinced that whale knows the location of Atlantis.

  • Mr. Shoe

    Son of a bitch!!!! We were on the cusp of finding out that Aliens inhabit the ocean...And then the buzzkill at 00.24 simply says in a nonchalant, and quite arrogant tone "guys, we have a humpback whale". Immediately I'm thankful that the Japanese hunt those bastards for doing that to humanity.

  • Not a mermaid, yo mamma

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    He's awesome! I love the fact that he decided that this was curious enough to spend so long trying to work it out.

  • GeneralDisorder

    These people seem like they've be as fun to hang out with as a root canal or kick to the genitals.

  • captaindash

    Why? They are people who do what they love to do, are experiencing a very rare event and soaking it all in while cracking funny jokes and sharing it with each other.

    I hope you get kicked in the nuts while getting a root canal. People like you are what's wrong with the world.

  • Meh

    That's one curious whale. I love video's like these.

  • Ollie Williams

    The nerd talk in the room is out of control.

  • JJtoob

    It's an amazing thing to work with people who are as crazy about something as you are.

  • Jenness

    Yeah, they are all total nerds but I think anyone would be if that happened - at least I would for sure.

  • Ollie Williams

    I appreciate that you constantly agree with me. Are you trying to get in my pants? Because I'd let you. I'd let you so hard.

  • Leland_Gaunt

    I just giggle like a schoolgirl every time I say "sperm whale". See, I just did it again.

  • Mr. Shoe

    Yes Leland, but the important thing is that you dress like a schoolgirl for us to really like you.

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