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The scooter industry is finally underwater – but not in a financial sense. Quite literally, an underwater scooter now exists that will have you gliding through the water as fast as a dolphin.
Dolphins typically swim between 3-7 mph. The new WhiteShark Mix underwater scooter can propel you up to 3.4 mph and to depths of 131 feet.
That’s not as fast as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ top racing speed of 6 mph. Then again, Phelps doesn’t have a battery that can last up to an hour like the WhiteShark Mix. It takes only 2.5 hours to charge the scooter, too.
Equipped with two propellers providing up to a total of 17.6 pounds of thrust, the device is among the underwater robotic technologies created by Sublue. It is compact enough to fit in a backpack and made from an engineering terpolymer called acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), built from petrochemical building blocks like propylene for the acrylonitrile, butadiene for, well, the butadiene part, and ethylene and benzene for the styrene. That makes it lightweight, durable and water-proof.
Want an interesting idea for a YouTube channel? The device also comes with a Go Pro mount to film your underwater adventures. But whatever you do, don’t be fooled by its name. The WhiteShark Mix is pretty fast, but it’s no match for an actual Great White Shark. They can go over 35 mph.
Aside from that, the scooters provide an ocean of new opportunities for underwater exploring.