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Old 07-30-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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July 30, 2009: Whale Tale

Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads
A whale of a tale or two
'Bout the flappin' fish and the girls I've loved
On nights like this with the moon above
A whale of a tale and it's all true
I swear by my tattoo

But that's for another time.

This whale tale happened in Harbin, north-east China.



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It looks like a moment of terror - a diver finds her leg clamped in the jaws of a beluga whale. In fact, it was a stunning example of an animal coming to the rescue of a human life.

Yang Yun, 26, was taking part in a free diving contest without breathing equipment among the whales in a tank of water more than 20ft deep and chilled to Arctic temperatures. She says that when she tried to return to the surface, she found her legs crippled by cramp from the freezing cold. At that point Mila the beluga took a hand, or rather a flipper.

At depths of 20ft and below, the water pressure keeps a body down, particularly if, as in this case, the limbs are effectively paralysed by the cold.
Reliving the drama, Yang Yun said: 'I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me - I was dead. 'Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface.'
Or Mila didn't want any dead girls littering her tank.

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Old 07-30-2009, 01:59 AM   #2
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... At that point Mila the beluga took a hand, or rather a flipper. ...
While the photographer wouldn't lift a finger, except to press the camera buttons.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:35 AM   #3
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Way cooler if they were out in the ocean, but pretty nifty.
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:56 AM   #4
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20 Feet? I guess one can drown in a lot shallower water.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:23 AM   #5
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Ocean creatures (even when displaced) are the coolest.

"The albatross and the whales, they are my brothers."

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Old 07-30-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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20 Feet? I guess one can drown in a lot shallower water.
Pass out in a 2" puddle and you can drown...
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:42 AM   #7
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Was her father the keeper of the Eddystone light?
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:13 AM   #8
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While the photographer wouldn't lift a finger, except to press the camera buttons.
Guessing it's an automated camera. Electronics don't care as much.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:24 AM   #9
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...or maybe the whale was in the mood for some Chinese today.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:48 AM   #10
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Or maybe the 20 foot deep "tank" was an aquarium with an observation window, and the photographer was outside the tank.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:09 PM   #11
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How in the world do people swim that deep? My ears are in agony by the time I'm ten feet under.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:35 PM   #12
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Dove to 110 feet once...you gotta hold your nose and pop your ears. One of the foam drink holders (our instructor brought it along to show us) was compressed to the size of a pencil.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:46 PM   #13
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What's amazing are the submarine evacuation training tanks the Navy has. You have no air tank, just a hood. They open a hatch at the bottom of one of these towers, and you swim the hundred feet or so to the top.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:21 PM   #14
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Wow. The only difference would be not needing decompression!

Oh, and I so want to try it.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:25 PM   #15
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Well, in the Navy tank, you are breathing compressed air in the chamber at the bottom, and when you swim up to the top, you have to exhale (scream) the whole time so you don't burst from the expanding air in your lungs.
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