Yellow Submarines

My last post was about an adventure with seals doing science in Antarctica.

This adventure begins where that one left off, but this is a very different, and fun excursion that happened because Boaty McBoatface surfaced in my news feed.

In case you never heard of him, Boaty’s a submarine that got his name via a publicity stunt by the UK’s National Oceanography Centre that went viral and didn’t turn out like they expected. He turned up in my news feed this week because he’s been doing science similar to the kind that the seals in my last post were doing, and the results have just been published.

Google assumed that if I would want to know what seals with antenna were doing in Antarctica, then I would definitely want to know about Boaty’s activities.

Here’s a video about Boaty’s discoveries as well as the fiasco that led to his name.

Here’s some stories about Boaty’s research.
Boaty McBoatface mission gives new insight into warming ocean abyss (University of Southhampton, EurekAlert)
Autosub Long Range’s 2017 debut outing provides new insight into causes of the warming ocean abyss (National Oceanography Centre)
Rapid mixing and exchange of deep-ocean waters in an abyssal boundary current (Alberto C. Naveira Garabato, et al., PNAS)

Boaty’s research is important, but seeing him, whose thoughts could help but wander to The Beatles’ song/album/movie Yellow Submarine?

Google/YouTube couldn’t resist helping me along with those musings. Next thing I knew, nostalgia kicked in, and I was watching this trailer for the re-release of the movie in the UK and Ireland that was done for the movie’s 50th Anniversary last summer.

Then I discovered that The Beatles have official Playlists on YouTube, and there’s even a dedicated Yellow Submarine Playlist that has over twenty videos with all sorts of insider stuff about the movie.

The Internet then led me to scads of ancillary products inspired by the movie. For example, there’s a Yellow Submarine turntable from Pro-Ject (YouTube). Who knew?

LEGO also released a Yellow Submarine Set, and here’s their colorful trailer for it.

That was fun, but there are a number of fan videos that are pretty great, too.

Here’s a lovely stop motion video with a creative take on building the kit.

Here’s another fan made stop motion video done in the MTV style.

Neat stuff!

Of course, LEGOLAND in California even went so far as to build a ride!


LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride at LEGOLAND® California Resort (LEGOLAND)

Personally, I prefer the open sea, and it turns out that there’s a ride for that, too.

An outfit called Submarine Safaris operates Yellow Submarine tours out of Tenerife and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Here’s a promo video for their tours.

If you’re inspired to book a trip on a real Yellow Submarine, then here’s a video from Lonely Planet with some background on the Canary Islands that you may want to know before you head out on a real-life adventure.

There you have it. One minute you’re doing science with seals in Antarctica, and then the next thing you know, you’re exploring the warm waters of the Canary Islands in a Yellow Submarine.

Isn’t the Internet a wonderful place?

Finally, if all this talk about The Beatles has you craving something a bit more psychedelic, or you just want to play a little while longer, then here’s a trippy little 360° video that claims to be “inspired by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

Happy Friday!

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