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People are obsessed with this ‘fish tube’–and the memes are sliding in

'Launch me through the fish tube so I can feel something.'


Brooke Sjoberg

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 13, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:32 am CDT

An old video of fish traveling over dams through a tube resurfaced on Twitter–and of course, in 2019, it went viral.

The clip is from a 2014 Whooshh Innovations demonstration of its volitional fish tube—properly referred to as the salmon cannon. It is a flexible pressurized fish tube, drawing fish up and over the dam so that they can travel quickly and efficiently to restore migratory patterns, according to the video, brought to Twitter courtesy of Cheddar.

Fish tube memes

Whooshh first began as a fruit harvesting company but soon moved to focus on fish. According to its website, the change was prompted by ineffective agricultural practices, which were corrected by the implementation of the tube system. Once a fish enters the tube, air pressure pushes it through at a speed of 22 mph. The fish tube also has sensors to determine what kind of fish is in the tube and how much it weighs in order to record population data and reduce invasive species.

And the memes came sliding in–almost as fast as the fish slide through the tube.

Twitter user Sam DeRutyer wrote, “As the ancient Chinese proverb goes, ‘give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Give a man a fish cannon, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

And, if Elon Musk gets his way, humans, too, will be traveling in tubes by 2020.


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H/T Cheddar

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*First Published: Aug 13, 2019, 4:57 pm CDT