Beachgoers in Florida were shocked to find a human hamster wheel washed up on the beaches of Flagler County during a July weekend.
Powered by single man, a survivalist named Reza Baluchi, this was his third bubble-style vessel. His previous two vessels had resulted in him being rescued.
Fabricated from rings of metal with fishing buoys integrated for floatation, Reza uses a hatch to insert himself inside then uses his body weight to roll it forward on water, aided by external fins just like an old time paddle-wheel steamboat. His latest destination was New York, a voyage attempted to raise money for charity.
In an interview with FOX 35 News, Reza Baluchi called the vessel his bubble. “My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the Coast Guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department. They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.” Just as well he funds these services, as he may need them all should he progress north towards New York.