Air sharks take to the skies, prompt air traffic alerts


The Air Swimmers sharks mentioned in August have been “extremely popular” gifts this Christmas, and reports of their escapes started almost as soon as presents were unwrapped. Some even before they made it to gift-giving, as for instance when grandpa Brian Thomson lost his on Christmas Day, before his grandchildren had a chance to play with it. Via The Coffs Coast Advocate

He inflated it in secret during the morning – but it floated through the kitchen and lounge, up a flight of stairs and across a bedroom before leaving through the bedroom’s external door.

“They’re cunning characters, these sharks,” Mr Thompson said.

First mid-air encounter happened on Boxing Day, when a plane 10 km south of Christchurch in New Zealand passed within 100m of a shark at about 600m on a landing approach. Another pilot flew past one two days later, stating “I thought is was a helicopter but then I noticed it’s got fins and tail!”. Authorities say the ultralight sharks are no worries to pilots, but still … they are sharks!


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