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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.”
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.”— Sam DeRuyter (@SDRuyter) August 13, 2019
the salmon going through the giant fish tube: pic.twitter.com/UtIC7EKuc6— Paul McCallion (@OrangePaulp) August 11, 2019
I am a:— Roxi Horror 💀🌸 (@roxiqt) August 11, 2019
🔘 being launched through the fish tube
send me thru the fish cannon i’m so fucking tired.— Ivy Marie (@ivysaysrawr) August 13, 2019
when you’re a fish waiting for the fish tube guy to give you the green light to go through the fish tube pic.twitter.com/AOGewto00j— Caitlin Joy Stout (@CaitlinJStout) August 12, 2019
everyone wants to get sucked up into the fish tube but none of you have the powerful dorsal muscles that allow the salmon to travel through it.— Mona Lisa Overbite (@SoberedByBricks) August 11, 2019
you would simply get stuck and die -- understand this.
*coldplay “fix you” voice* let me ride...........the fish tube— bb ghost (@emilywithcurls) August 12, 2019
nooo don’t get sucked through the fish tube ur so sexy aha— chlo (@chloerxbecca) August 12, 2019
launch me through the fish tube so i can feel something.— mark hoppus.🏳️🌈 (@markhoppus) August 11, 2019
me waving goodbye to the fish being launched across the dam through the tube pic.twitter.com/ZnfgY8dn8s— john (@Scarlet4UrMa) August 12, 2019
And, if Elon Musk gets his way, humans, too, will be traveling in tubes by 2020.
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.