- Snail Emerges From California Boy’s Scraped Knee
- 19th Century Torpedo Discovered Off California Coast
- Shark Diver Hypnotizes Shark to Remove Hook
A 4-year old boy was walking with his parents on a California beach had a moment of clumsiness, like most kids his age, and ended up with a scrape on his knee after colliding with a huge rock while fixated on a bug in his sand pail.
Unlike most kids his age, however, the wound ended up producing a tiny snail. His mother had cleaned and bandaged the wound, but it continued to swell and began to display signs of infection. After 3 weeks, it looked as though it was filled with fluid, which revealed the snail when his mother attempted to drain it. The boy immediately named the snail Turbo, but Turbo only lived for a day after its emergence.
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) was thrilled to discover that a Howell Torpedo discovered by Navy dolphins off the San Diego coast was lost from the USS Iowa in December of 1899, making the artifact over 100 years old.
The origin of the torpedo was tracked down by UAB intern from the George Washington University by scouring Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) reports for ships that were outfitted with Howell Torpedoes, and then those that had spent time along the California coast. After narrowing it down to just two vessels, her search then went to the National Archives to look at deck logs, where she discovered a log entry for the USS Iowa that stated, “Lost H. Mark 1, No. 24 torpedo.”
The torpedo is being desalinized and taken apart to preserve its parts, where it will then be available to museums for display.
The act of shark hypnotizing is well-known, and although it’s not something you want to just go out and try for yourself, experts and practitioners claim it’s made possible by touching the shark’s snout in a particular place and rolling it onto its back. Cristina Zenato is one such shark hypnotist, who used her powers of persuasion to actually reach inside this shark’s mouth and retrieve a hook without losing so much as a fingernail. Check it out: