lunosapiens

Picture the scene:
It is a sunny Summers day with not too much wind, you are driving along the coast and some movement just off-shore catches your eye. At first you think it is a pod of dolphins, but it is still too far off and you can’t be sure. As you pull over to the side of the road, you sit watching, and finally you can make out what it is… a group of Lunosapiens Hydrotouring.

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A Lunosapien - image by Jason Lome

Lunosapiens are humans who use a device known as the lunocet, a type of monofin made to the exact dimensions of the lunar fin of a dolphin or whale. Having developed a very specific undulating style of swimming (referred to as biomimetic, meaning very similar to an animal such as a whale or a dolphin). Lunosapiens are able to cover great distances (called Hydrotouring) with significantly less effort than would be required with conventional swimming even with swimfins.

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lunocet

http://www.lunocet.com

Hydrotouring can best described as off-shore backpacking. It sees Lunosapiens swimming long stretches along the coastline, or from one coast to another, and requires gear such as a; wetsuit, divemask, watch, hydration pack etc.

1hydrotouring equipment21hydrotouring equipmentOne piece of diving-type equipment which seems curiously missing from this list is a snorkel, but this is not an oversight since Lunosapiens don’t use snorkels. They don’t need them, and the reason they don’t is because when they need to breathe, they breach. Just like dolphins, Lunosapiens swim long stretches below the water’s surface and when they need to breathe they break the surface of the water, take a gulp of air and disappear into the blue again.

Early attempts at breaching:

This may all sound like science fiction, and in some ways it still is, but the realization of this dream may not be so far from a reality as you’d imagine. Inspired by great books, such as “Underworld” by Graham Hancock and “Homo Delphinus” by Jacques Mayol, the developers of the lunocet, and others like them, are doing some serious research and laying out substantial investment into realising this dream <|>

More Reading:
This article in the Scientific American Magazine explores the concept in greater detail.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=dolphin-inspired-man-made-fin

Here is an independent review by Chris Morey, the guy pictured above.
http://www.deeperblue.com/article.php/859/2

For more Lunocet pics by Jason LomeLomeranger ) click here: Lunocet Pics

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dolphin-man - image by Jason Lome
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2 thoughts on “lunosapiens

  1. Hi,

    My friend Jason pointed your article out to me and I thought I’d drop you a line. Monofins have been around for quite awhile – with most of the initial research having been done by the Russians. To date most of the best monofins are hand made in former Soviet republics – so the style of swimming – which uses a whole-body undulation – has actually by very finely tuned and developed. In europe finswimming competitions are common. Monofins are used for all the freediving depth competitions in the category constant weight and many of us use them for recreational diving as well.

    The lunocet, while very well-made and cool looking, did not combine well with water…

  2. Hi Chris,
    I really appreciate you taking the time to check out the blog… that last line of yours is quite an indictment.

    A mate of mine makes specialist Pure Carbon fins (blades) for Freediving & Spearfishing. He also has a very nice Monofin. You should check it out at
    http://www.spierre.com. One of our (South African) Freediving Legends, Trevor Hutton has been very complimentary in his review of the SPIERRE Monofin.

    Would be keen to hear more about your Freediving exploits… feel free to drop me a line anytime on charl@facelevel.com

    Cheers,

    Charl

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