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Subhuman Project – pedalling across the Atlantic 30 foot under the waves


If everything goes as planned, sometime later this year Ted Ciamillo will step into his one man pedal powered sub and start a 2,300 mile journey below the waves of the Atlantic Ocean which he expects to take just 50 days. The Subhuman Project marries ultra high technology, eccentric derring-do and a touch of Indiana Jones in an attempt to grab a whole new perspective on ocean life around the clock.


The slow, un-powered craft will bristle with scientific instruments and a ‘whale tail’ type of fin which will move him through the water in much the same way as a whale does, with the pilot pedalling for around 6 hours a day. Ciamillo has already invented a fin for personal propulsion called the Lunocet, so he’s not starting completely from scratch. So far there are few details on the sub itself, although the site does mention a fair amount about the science behind the trip. It must help, also, that the team is being assisted by a Dr Frank Fish, who will be advising on the propulsion system. You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?


Watch out for this one, it could be fascinating if Ciamillo manages to pull it off.

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  • So my mind starts whirling with neuroses after reading that. What if you get tired and have to stop pedalling? What if you get cramp? Do you sink? What if you start sinking over an underwater gorge hundreds of feet deep? How do you go to the toilet.

    Actually a nervous wreck just reading that, to be honest.

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