Category Archives: Ocean

Like a virgin ♫

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We went to the beach to see how well the new version of Ziphius handles the waves! This unit was quickly assembled to go into the ocean. Touched for the very first time. We will keep you posted. 🙂

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Ziphius and Julio Verne’s yacht shared the same anchor point

It was on the 5th July of 1878 that the great writer Julio Verne anchored his yacht Saint-Michel III in Cascais in order to visit Lisbon for two days.  Some say the city was a source of inspiration.  

Cascais was also one of the first places where Ziphius was tested. Its transparent waters were great to test the camera. Until today Cascais is still a place to visit by boat and we expect that it will be a place to watch some Ziphius rides! Like the boat Saint-Michel III, we would like Ziphius to be a world traveler.

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We want it to be everywhere. How long would it take for it to travel an entire lap around the earth? We hope it will be less than the 80 days it took Willi Fog.

It has been 109 years since Verne passed away, leaving us a large amount of work. Most of his books maintain its original charm and make you dream about fabulous adventures. Do you guys have a favorite book? Around here the favs are Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea!

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Will Garrett McNamara do it again?

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All eyes are on this big waves surfer, as he returns to Nazaré on Wednesday, a place he already considers his second home, perhaps to overcome the record beaten a year ago and make history again. Our eyes, as well as Ziphius’ are on him too, especially since it loves the sea so much! Will Ziphius get the chance to “run” into him  again during the next three weeks McNamara is staying in portuguese territory? We remind you that Ziphius and McNamara had a little encounter back in November, and that they took this photo together.

He’s hitting the waves of Praia do Norte over the weekend. The forecast indicates they are going to be big, which is a pretty damn good start. 

Photo credit: Patrícia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images (source)

Text credit: Diário de Notícias

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Virtual Aquariums

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Have you seen a cute virtual aquarium like this? Maybe you’ve already passed through one when shopping. They exist in a lot of places, from event halls to outdoor public spaces, serving their purpose of both entertainment and costumer increase.

The Virtual Aquarium is a social, pet-raising simulator that enables you to create your own pet fish (body and fin format, eye type, pattern, colors…) and then name it and release it into the virtual world. Then you have to be a responsible owner and take care of your pet nicely, so it stays healthy. Remember Tamagotchi or The Sims game? This is sort of an aquatic version of those games and it’s proving to be a success all over the world!

We are very pleased and proud about this project because it is produced by our parent company YDreams. It all comes up from the idea that “the gamification of cultural and retail spaces”, as stated by António Câmara, the YDreams’ CEO, “is a dominant trend”, with crescent popularity. 

The great news here is that from all the YDreams aquariums across the world, there are already 50.000 virtual fish, all created thanks to your creative minds 😉

If we got you interested, see if any of these places are near your area of residence:

Marmara Forum, Istanbul, Turkey

mfi Shopping Center, Munich, Germany

Höfe am Brühl, Leipzig, Germany

Forum Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Boulevard Londrina Shopping, Londrina, Brazil

If you live too far away, you can always check the website to see the millions of other smashing works produced by YDreams. The company has been responsible for developing various other projects that privilege the connection between the virtual and the real. 

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Deep-sea Internet: a near future?

University of Buffalo researchers Zahed Hossain and Hovannes Kulhandjian have tested an “underwater wi-fi” network in Lake Erie last month, constituted by two wireless internet modems with an aquatic version of TCP/IP. By dropping these 40lb (18 kg) sensors into the lake, they used sound waves instead of the traditional radio waves (the normal wi-fi) to propagate through water – a smart move, since sound waves have more range, stability and velocity. Hossain and Kulhandjian, afloat, used a laptop to transmit information to the modems.

Tommaso Melodia, leading researcher on this study has some usage ideas in mind: “Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives”.

The goal is to create a seafloor wireless network, accessible through the Internet, that communicates directly and in real time with people around the world by using cheaper undersea sensors. 

Credit: BBC News and WIRED

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A little word from Flying Sharks

We asked João Correia from Flying Sharks what would he use Ziphius for. Flying Sharks specializes in transporting marine animals from their natural habitat to various aquariums all over the world. Here’s the answer:

“Damn, this Ziphius thingy is cool… We used to spend countless hours diving all over the place and looking for new cool dive spots but it seems Ziphius is gonna allow us to do that while sitting on a chair, with our feet up in the air and sipping a chilled gin ‘n’ tonic. Nice!… :-)”

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What’s in a name?

Choosing a name for our drone was not easy but with plenty of brainstorming we finally made a decision. Turns out choosing the name of the goose beaked whale – Ziphius Cavirostris – was a good match. At that time we did not know how similar they would look!

Like Ziphius Cavirostris, our drone is fast and can amaze you by playing in the water…

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…it also has a dorsal fin. Even the yellowish shades in its black body are similar to our top color choice…

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…and they both float like they are waiting for the best chance to surprise you.

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Credit: M. Rosso photos – CIMA Foundation (thank you!)

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But… what is a ziphius?

What does this strange name mean, you wonder? Well, Ziphius cavirostris is a goose-beaked whale (because its head is said to be shaped like the beak of a goose). It is more commonly known as Cuvier’s beaked whale, due to the name of its discoverer Georges Cuvier. This whale has a white coloured head, being the rest of the body of a greyish blue colour. It also got known in medieval cultures as a mythological creature. It was often named The Ziphius, Water-Owl (body of a fish, head of an owl) or The Mediterranean Sea Monster (said to be very dangerous for the sea crews). Luckily, this whale is quite common in the Azores, but it is not the only kind of Ziphius that was born there.

Our Ziphius was born in the Azores. It is curious and friendly. It was named Ziphius due to its nature and organic design but also because of our commitment to explore the oceans. Whales are for sure one of the most amazing sea creatures and are able to cruise the oceans, something that we would love to do.

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