These days, engineering anything from a homemade RC helicopter to a personal submarine is about as easy as going to kickstarter and then taking a few trips to the hardware store. There are countless plans, tutorials, and guides out there to help anyone to get on track towards inventing just about anything. With the objective of capturing underwater footage, Mark Peters took some time creating a mini torpedo housing for his GoPro camera – something sleek he could tow behind his boat while deep sea fishing. His inventive design used a plastic housing which allowed the camera to float behind the boat and capture the tuna he and his buddies reeled in.
To his surprise, the contraption captured something far more amazing. About 20 miles west of Santa Cruz, CA, the torpedo attracted a school of Pacific White Sided Dolphins to follow the boat. It is truly incredible what all of these new inventions are making it possible to capture and the beauty, gracefulness and ease of the dolphins to keep up with the boat is nothing short of a miracle of nature. Now the big question for Mark is how the rest of us can get one of his torpedoes – so we can try to capture our own underwater footage. He commented on his Vimeo account that he may put together a kickstarter to start selling them. I know I will be eagerly awaiting the release of one of these for my next trip on a boat.