Today we learned that the reindeer in Finland are magical creatures with luminous antlers. We’re still waiting on confirmation that they can also fly.
Okay, maybe not, but the truth is still pretty awesome. The Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association is testing a reflective spray on the antlers of 20 reindeer in hopes of preventing their caribou from being struck by motorists at night. Roughly 200,000 reindeer roam the wilds of Lapland. So far reflective tape and road signs have been ineffective in preventing the road deaths of thousands of the animals, so the herders are hoping this spray will be much more effective.
But first they have to see how the animals react to it and find out if it can withstand the harsh Arctic climate. Produced by Swedish company Albedo 100, it’s made of transparent glue and “reflective microspheres”.
"The goal is specifically to prevent road accidents, "Anne Ollila, the association’s executive director, told YLE, the country’s public broadcaster. “The spray is being tried on their fur, but it is maybe more effective on their antlers because the reflection can be seen in every direction.”
We hope it this radiant experiment is a success. Or, failing that, that the reindeer really do learn how to fly.
Okay, that’s pretty genius.
by Captain Siddharth Chakravarty
Captain of The Steve Irwin
At about 1730 AEDT, just as I round Cape Adare, I pick out the distinct masts of a sailing vessel. I had some information of an expedition yacht being in the area but didn’t think I would stumble across her so easily in the vastness of Antarctica. Little did I know that this spotting will, for a brief period of 10 hours, add a fourth vessel to Operation Relentless.
Making a quick U-turn to ensure the Yushin Maru No. 2, my tailing vessel, does not spot her, I immediately call my Sailing Master, Mal, to see if he is willing to go and talk to the Skipper of the Infinity, to set rolling an audacious plan. I know it is a mighty request of an expedition boat but I take my chances anyway. The deck crew scramble into their cold weather gear and launch the Delta small boat in falling light. Someone jokes, “Imagine being anchored in the solitude of Antarctica and have a RHIB with four men in dry suits pull up to your boat. The Infinity’s crew is in for quite a shock.”…