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23/09/2013 11:40 BST

DeepFlight Super Falcon Submarine 'Flies' Beneath The Sea

It's rare that an encounter with a crab leads to an innovation in transport but that's just what happened to ocean engineer Graham Hawkes.

While testing one of his many designs for a conventional submersible he came face-to-face with one of the little critters.

"I remember stopping and laughing," Hawkes told The Huffington Post. "But I thought, 'That crab has got it all wrong. These fish are moving in three dimensions. This guy is scurrying along the bottom. So am I. We've both got it wrong."

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Hawkes started his company in 1995

And so the DeepFlight Super Falcon was born, a craft that "flies" through the water rather than sinking.

Hawkes said: "What we're doing is really, really obvious,"

"There's nothing that clever about it. We actually build a thing that has wings, we build up speed, and it just flies underwater.

"Ninety-four percent of life on Earth is aquatic," he said. "We live on an ocean planet. We need to understand that. We need to be connected. This is a tool that can do that."