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  • This item right here is a jet 26 by 80 geared head and jen length.

  • I genuinely have no idea what it does, but it just so happens to be the heaviest single object that Amazon will ship to you for free.

  • It costs $35,000 and it literally weighs more than two Toyota Corollas do.

  • But that won't stop Amazon from delivering it right to your front door for free if you really ever want one, it's probably the single stupidest thing that you could drunk order off of Amazon after a long day.

  • But it's unbelievably heavy.

  • Is it?

  • Would be It's still not anywhere near the heaviest object that has ever been shipped in the mail for free because back in 2005 UPS received a very strange request to priority overnight ship a group of whales and even more strangely, they agreed to do it for free.

  • Eccentric billionaire possible bond villain and Home Depot co founder Bernard Marcus wanted to see some whales in Atlanta, which has the tiny problem of being 267 miles away from the ocean.

  • So he donated $250 million of his own money towards the opening of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, which was set to become the largest aquarium anywhere in the world.

  • At its opening and as the centerpiece of the entire facility, the aquarium designed the world's largest tank to house their primary stars, a group of giant whale sharks, which would make them the only aquarium outside of Asia have them.

  • They're only a few minor problems with this ambition, though.

  • A whale sharks are big like really big, be there also alive, you know, when probably won't enjoy being picked up and put in a box like they're in Alexa, let alone be put on an airplane and overnighted and see the whale.

  • Sharks that they bought were located on basically the other side of the planet in Taiwan, over 8000 miles away from Atlanta.

  • Now the aquarium did have a certain favor that they could call upon to help them out, while the Home Depot guy made by far the most generous contribution to the aquarium.

  • Local Atlanta based UPS wanted to pitch in as well and offered them free shipping for anything that they might need to help get started.

  • But by saying free shipping on anything, the aquarium took that to mean literally anything.

  • And so they called them ups to help them out, with their little project of shipping live whales from one side of the planet over to the other.

  • Now I know that whale sharks aren't technically whales there sharks that Oeiras Bigas whales, hence the name, but they're still freaking huge.

  • The two whale sharks the UPS were tasked with shipping were kids, but they were still 16 ft long and weighed up to £2000 each.

  • And when they're fully grown, they're more like 33 ft long and weigh £20,000 way heavier than an African elephant.

  • Is there truly gigantic animals?

  • And they're also harder to transport than an elefant because if you transport them without being in water, they die.

  • Water is super, super heavy, and it's just a additional component.

  • The UPS had a factor in with their calculations here.

  • Nobody had ever shipped a marine animal this big before in an airplane, so nobody really had any idea of what they were doing it all.

  • In the beginning, the aquarium had purchased the whale sharks out of Taiwan's annual fishing kill quota.

  • So, yeah, if the aquarium hadn't about them, they would have been eaten.

  • The whale sharks were being held in an ocean pen on the coast near a small regional airport in the south of Taiwan, and when the UPS logistics team showed up to survey it, they realized that the runway nearby just wasn't gonna work.

  • It was too weak to support the weight of a 7 47 loaded with a couple of big fish.

  • So here's what they did.

  • Instead, they began by using some cranes with a sling to capture the two whale sharks out of their pen and place them into individual custom made shipping containers.

  • The containers were 24 ft long by 8 ft wide and filled with the £2000 whale shark, plus water and life support systems, which made the total weight of each container approximately £25,000.

  • The two tanks were then loaded onto a turboprop Lockheed C 1 30 flown up to the international airport at Taipei for the transfer aboard the bigger 7 47 as the C 1 30 pulled up to the gate adjacent to the 7 47.

  • The 7 47 was already fueled up and ready for takeoff, but they had to figure out where to place the big tanks inside of it.

  • After multiple calculations, the UPS logistics team decided upon a method of bringing one tank into the plane's nose, the second tank into the back, and then simultaneously slowly moved the two tanks together towards the plains natural point of balance over the main landing gear before bolting them both down to the floor.

  • The crew were instructed to take off and land slow and shallow so as not to stress out there special passengers to greatly.

  • But by this point, time was the biggest enemy of the operation.

  • They couldn't afford any delay with the whale sharks because they were constantly pooping and pissing inside of their small tanks and fouling up their limited water.

  • It's not only you can replace 20,000 plus pounds of water when you're flying in a jet up in the air.

  • Even a short delay could have resulted in one of their deaths, and the journey from Taipei to Atlanta was over 17 hours long.

  • So UPS brought aboard an entire team of skilled veterinarians, carpenters and marine biologists to ensure that the trip went smoothly.

  • 7 47 took off from Taipei and had to land in Anchorage first for efficient wildlife inspection because you know you can't just fly a whale from one side of the world to the other without the proper paperwork.

  • They had a crew change and continued on from there to Atlanta, safely where the whale shark containers were unloaded, placed onto flatbed trucks and driven from the airport to their new home in the aquarium, all alive and in one piece, ups achieved something that nobody had ever done before.

  • The madman actually shipped live gigantic whales in a plane from one side of the world to the other and all overnight, and it only took six weeks of planning and came with the shipping cost of $1.4 million.

  • Not all that bad of a price at all.

  • When you consider the ups did all of it for the aquarium for free, of course, if you want to figure out a way to ship your own gigantic marine animal to your house.

  • You'll not only need a pretty big tank that's probably gonna have to be bigger than your entire houses, but you'll also need a solid understanding of multiple mathematical concepts for your logistics calculations.

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That Time When UPS Overnight Shipped a Whale in the Mail

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    林宜悉   posted on 2020/10/24
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