A reminder to be careful when on rope. Ropes must be used correctly, which entails ensuring they will not rube against sharp edges.
This month’s video comes to you from Nevada. Our own Jeff Guest squeezes his way into TJ’s Hideout, the last little room in Goshute Cave on one of our last trips to the cave. Take a look at what anyone tall or of average weight will never get to see in person!
Much of caving deals with rope work. It is technical, tiring, but can be very fun. Here’s a video showing (not in detail) various rope set ups while exploring a cave during a training.
Do not think you are skilled enough to attempt this just from watching the video. Come join us and get real hands on training.
Here is a fun video following two new cavers on their first trip and explaining a bit about caving. And it is British, which is delightful.
As I was reading up on the Cave of Crystals, I discovered the full National Geographic documentary on youtube.
Merry Christmas from the Wasatch Grotto.
Perk up your ears, boys, girls, and bats because Cool Green Science posted an article about the first successful treatment of White Nose Syndrome.
An estimated 5.7 million bats have died, but finally a handful have been cured and returned to the wild successfully. This is big news in a battle that so far has been nothing but tragic.
Oddly enough, this small victory was brought to us by bananas.
Read the full report over at CTS.com.
They also posted this great video with another good article. Take a look!
Here is a fun educational video on the Cave of Crystals from a site I love, Atlas Obscura. https://www.facebook.com/atlasobscura
I want to start a new segment here at the Wasatch Grotto. I love photo and video. After all, it is what I do for work. So I want to share cool cave videos and photos I come across. It will diversify the information on our site: news, studies, discoveries, and videos.
For now, once a month I’ll post a video about caves. I hope you enjoy them, like I do.
For the first several videos, I’m going to focus on the Cave of Crystals, in mexico. This Cave is connected to the Naica Mine and has the largest crystals in the world. Here is a behind the scenes edit, by host Nik Halik, of a the documentary, just to wet your whistle.
Researchers have found a blind cavefish that can climb waterfalls. No, I am not making this up. The New Jersey Institute of Technology featured this story.
This research is reported in a March 24 Nature Scientific Reports article, “Tetrapod-like pelvic girdle in a walking cavefish,” by Brooke Flammang, Daphne Soares, Julie Markiewicz and Apinun Suvarnaraksha. Flammang and Soares, assistant professors in the NJIT Department of Biological Sciences, were assisted with the research by Markiewicz, an NJIT post-baccalaureate research volunteer in the Flammang lab at the university. Investigator Suvarnaraksha is a member of the Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources of Maejo University in Thailand. The full text of their article is available at www.nature.com/articles/srep23711.
Flammang studies fish locomotion at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, so she’s used to seeing fish moving on land. She wasn’t surprised to see one that could push itself over rocks and through water gushing like a fire hose. But other “walking” fish hop forward by leaning on their pectoral fins like a pair of crutches, or flex and shimmy to wriggle over surfaces. This one was taking steps, moving one of its front fins in time with the back fin on the other side of its body, alternating in a diagonal two-step like a salamander. Flammang was incredulous. “I was like, ‘Fish can’t do that,’” she says. “That’s ridiculous.”
I came across another awesome video of exploring the world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong located in Vietnam. This is incredible! The video is from Ryan Deboodt.