Welcome to the Physical Ecology Group at the University of Lincoln
Although organisms obey the same physical laws as inanimate objects the evolutionary implications of these laws are often neglected. Physical factors influence the fitness value of traits and play an important role in the course of evolution. These are the areas of investigation that interest us.
The FloWave facility in Scotland is one of the coolest ocean simulators out there. Equipped with 168 individual wave makers and 28 submerged flow-drive units, it’s capable of recreating almost any ocean conditions imaginable. So naturally the Slow Mo Guys used it to create a giant spike wave.
Essentially, this is an oversized Worthington jet, the same as the ones you see after a droplet hits the surface. But with several thousand tonnes of crystalline clear water, the effect of that wave focusing is pretty spectacular. When you’re watching the high-speed footage, be sure to pay attention to the details, like the glassy surface of the collapsing jet, or the way holes open and expand as the splash curtain comes down around Dan’s head (above). Longtime readers will recognize manyfamiliarfeatures. (Image and video credit: The Slow Mo Guys)