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...