Friday, July 1, 2011

Cute Hippie Chick of the Month: "Skin Diver" Edition

July doesn't seem like the time we would look at pictures of the Russian Arctic, but who can resist this from "The Mail Online" (U.K.):

"Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.
Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.
The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade."

(D.R.): Now, I'm not too crazy about the reason for this. They are trying to train the whales to be used to human contact so they can be delivered to zoos like Sea World.

From the article:
"The average human could die if left in sub-zero temperature sea water for just five minutes.
However, Natalia is a yoga expert and used meditation techniques to hold her breath and stay under water for an incredible ten minutes and 40 seconds."

I couldn't do it. You know what cold water does to guys...


Toldain said...

I'd believe that she managed to stay in the water for 10 minutes, coming up for breath sometimes. But holding her breath for 10 minutes while actively swimming and interacting? That's not how meditation works.

Sensei Strange said...

At Toldain,

I guess the lady proved you wrong. (using pirate voice) There be ALL kinds of meditation in this here world.

Dojo Rat said...

I am not sure that she held her breath in the arctic waters that long, it might be what she is capable of in better circumstances...

I have been in glacier water and it caused uncontrolled hyper-ventelating or rapid gasping. I know magicians condition themselves to deal with this.

Sensei Strange said...

Not this magician.

Dojo Rat said...


So Texan's shrink in cold water too?