Hydrotouring: man-powered ocean exploration inspired by dolphins and whales.

The Lunocet provides a very large surface area, comfortable foot-securing, and most importantly, speed. The monofin attaches at a precise 30 degree angle and has three times the area of a traditional fin. The 42" wide fin can enable long distance swimming as well as immense speeds.

Key Differentiators

Humans are very inefficient swimmers, converting only 3-4 percent of our energy to forward motion. Users have already hit about eight miles (13 kilometers) per hour, nearly twice as fast as Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Michael Phelps at his speediest. This is superior to traditional fins. The product is specifically biomimetic, and the Ciamillo will not be patenting the design.

Biomimicry Story

The engineer Ted Camillo sought out data on dolphin tail mechanics from Marine Biologist Frank Fish. Using this data and his knowledge of cycling, he machined a monofin that has impressive performance, bringing man one step closer to dolphins.Ted Ciamillo notes that he won't be patenting the Lunocet's design. "If you're taking ideas from nature," he says, "how can you then go to the patent office and say these are mine?" (Scientific American article)

Challenges Solved

Inefficient human swimming.