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Sharks With Frickin Lasers On Their Heads Are Here At Last

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The biggest technological disappointment of the 21st century has been, obviously, that we still don’t have flying cars. But if there’s a runner up for things we all thought we have by now, but don’t, it is without a doubt sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the best mad scientist minds, sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads have just been a fantasy… until now.

Yep, that’s an actual shark with an actual laser beam on its head. The creature was outfitted with its weaponry by the people at Wicked Lasers with help from marine biologist Luke Tipple. They’ve mounted an S3 Krypton laser to the fin of a Lemon Shark, presumably because they too believe every creature deserves a warm meal…

It’s actually only a low powered laser which can’t truly burn anyone, but it is still a laser and powerful enough that it might be dangerous to shine in someone’s eyes. Tipple at first wouldn’t agree to help out, but then figured what the hell. He explains, “I considered that it would give us an opportunity to test our clips and attachments, and whatever is attached to that clip, I really don’t care. It was a low-powered laser that couldn’t be dangerous to anyone, and there’s actually useful applications in having a laser attached to the animal.”

I’m not sure what useful applications he’s referring too, maybe Tipple plans to get into the criminal mastermind business. Useful or not, the resulting pictures are really fun…

The laser was attached using a “non-invasive” clamp put on by a diver. A lemon shark was chosen, primarily because they’re easy to work with. I guess you can trust a lemon shark to use his laser responsibly. That said, for such an aggressive creature, the lemon shark took some time to adjust to carrying a weapon… The shark didn’t really like it when I initially deployed the clamp, but after a few seconds it returned to normal behavior. The clamp itself isn’t strong enough to cause any pain, and the dorsal fin is actually not very sensitive due to it being composed primarily of cartilage.”

Comments

  • David Logan

    AWESOME! but…is the laser always on then? When does it turn on or off? And what is being accomplished?