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Robotic marine creatures steal the show

Staff writer, with CNA

Life-like robotic sea creatures made from recycled objects were the center of attention at a science carnival in Taipei over the weekend.

Children gathered around a pool at the National Taiwan Science Education Center on Saturday and yesterday to see the robotic sea creatures built by Japanese marine ecologist and educator Masamichi Hayashi.

Among the 18 creatures were a dolphin, hammerhead shark and humpback whale made from recycled objects ranging from styrofoam and plastic bottles to raincoats and windshield wipers.

The animals reach up to several meters long, swim and move like real sea animals.

“We hope the robotic sea creatures will help children learn more about sea animals and bring joy to them,” said Novia Lu, a marketing executive supervisor with Taiwan’s C&S Creation, which cooperated with Hayashi to create some of the creatures.

Hayashi, 52, began constructing robotic sea creatures 13 years ago after he heard a child wishing that all the garbage in the ocean could turn into fish, while he was recuperating on Okinawa after being treated for cancer, C&S Creation said.

Hayashi and the students will also create a 5m-long robotic Tanystropheus, an extinct long-necked reptile, to be unveiled in Taipei on Sept. 7, Lu said.

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