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    Friday, December 16, 2005

    Be Jaws

    Jacques Cousteau's grandson Fabien co-designed a shark-shaped submarine to study Great Whites. Covered in a skin-like material, the sub is propelled by a silent motorized tail fin. Cousteau calls the sub Troy, in reference to the mythical Trojan horse statue, in which Greek soldiers were spirited into the fortress kingdom of Troy. The idea for the sub, though, came from a slightly more prosaic source. Troy was inspired by Tintin, a Belgian comic book character. On the cover of the book Le Trésor de Rackham le Rouge (published in English as Red Rackham's Treasure), Tintin and his dog are pictured in a metal, shark-shaped submarine. I love Tintin and have so many books. Interesting to know Fabien reads tintin to. Incredible where inspiration can come from.
    See the Shark Sub Swim Swiftly




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