Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

I bought 10,000 shade balls and tried to swim in them. They appear to act like a non-Newtonian fluid: rigid under high shear stress, but they flow like a liquid under low shear.
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My sense was that swimming in shade balls would be difficult but still doable. This was roughly true for the single layer of shade balls. The shade balls slide past each other so they act like a liquid, albeit a viscous one owing to their significant inertia. It's much more intense exercise and it's also annoying to be bombarded with shade balls on all sides of your body, particularly your head. With multi-layer shade balls (as exists on much of LA reservoir) things get significantly more difficult. The balls bunch together and when you try to move through them quickly, they become more rigid, providing significant resistance to motion. This has the benefit that you can lie on them and as long as they stay trapped under you, you can float on them. But a little bit of motion causes them to move around and you sink through quickly.
Huge thanks to:
Jordan Schnabel and Cristian Carretero for filming and swimming and providing lifeguard services.
Raquel Nuno for filming and putting up with me.
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Music from "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"

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  • I just received my shadeball. #450!

    Rob AlinderRob Alinder9 jam yang lalu
  • This video gave me a mini heart attack as a lifeguard.

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  • Got my ball, #5606. This guy is a legend!

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  • Just got my shade ball in today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #5332

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  • Did the shade balls hurt your skin balls when you jumped in?

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  • He loves them balls in his face

    Taylor taylorTaylor taylor15 jam yang lalu
  • Just got my ball, completely forgot about it. #230 cool, thanks!

    shanedestroyershanedestroyer17 jam yang lalu
    • Damn, nice. I was late to the party and got #7782

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  • Ayy!!! Just got my signed ball today!! #9,165

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    • me too!

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  • Man 1 "It's time to release the balls!" Man2 *starts pulling panties down* "No! The shade balls ,not your balls!" Man 2 " uww😐" Man1 * slaps face*

    Rebekah WelshRebekah Welsh18 jam yang lalu
  • Just got my shadeball, Derek! I can't begin to describe how excited I am! Thanks!

    DelveDelve20 jam yang lalu
  • I just got mine I was so confused what this random package was in the mail ball number 5615

    Anthony TeixeirAAnthony TeixeirA21 jam yang lalu
  • I have ball #7966 !!!

    SarocTurtleGamingSarocTurtleGaming21 jam yang lalu
  • Just got my shadeball yesterday! No idea what I'm gonna do with it, but it's certainly a conversation piece.

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  • @

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  • I can't believe I actually received a shade ball today! Thank you Derek you are THE BEST!!!!!

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  • HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope

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  • Dude keep your fingers together.

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  • Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

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  • Roses are red Murder is to Did I see a drone shadow YAY I got a like Wait why is it blue

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  • 3:46 thats what she said

    Kyan KohlerKyan KohlerHari Yang lalu
  • Received mines today. Thanks.

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  • Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!

    Barry YoungBarry YoungHari Yang lalu
  • Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

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  • Can I swim in that too

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  • I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋

    Sara RyanSara Ryan2 hari yang lalu
  • 3:44 he prob used to it by now

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  • That breaststroke tho

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  • Why does this Video give me some cool ideas

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  • Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?

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  • can yow run on them

    GameCorruption'sGameCorruption's2 hari yang lalu
  • What is a shade ball

    Kid 8v8teRKid 8v8teR2 hari yang lalu
  • shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat

    Bruna LopesBruna Lopes2 hari yang lalu
  • 3:53 who else saw the drone shadow

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  • can you stay under there for 2 min

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  • His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober

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  • Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how ID-vision's algorithms work so I appreciate the fair warning, but this has been your first video that felt clickbaity to me. And I don't mean the title, I mean the actual content. This type of video sorta goes into Mark Rober territory- a fun, wacky video with a little science to justify it, but what I come to you for is the science presented with authenticity and thoughtfulness. To me, this is your brand. Then again, Mark Rober's videos get tens of millions of views, so I do not fault you for trying to chase the ID-vision dragon. Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you. -Dan

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  • Try and run across a pool of shade balls

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  • give me please 1 balls = )

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  • 4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in

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  • Here some asma 8:02

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  • 3:43 😐

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  • What is a Shade ball?

    Shugrrr SharkShugrrr Shark3 hari yang lalu
  • Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*

    VidsWithRiahVidsWithRiah3 hari yang lalu
  • Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

    VidsWithRiahVidsWithRiah3 hari yang lalu
  • My question is how is he gonna get them out

    Crafty GirlCrafty Girl3 hari yang lalu
  • what ar shade balls

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  • It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying

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  • what is a shade ball?

    Nathan BryanNathan Bryan3 hari yang lalu
  • THAT IS SO COOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • and i thought he was gonna drown

    LifeWithLonna periodtLifeWithLonna periodt3 hari yang lalu
  • why are they called shade balls?

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  • Can i have one of those?

    Joseph Christian CuyuganJoseph Christian Cuyugan3 hari yang lalu
  • He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

    Riley ChalmersRiley Chalmers4 hari yang lalu
  • They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

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  • for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it

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  • Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

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  • “A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!

    Kate CaldwellKate Caldwell4 hari yang lalu
  • Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

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  • It was so beautiful when they showed what it looks from underneath. I’d want to go under all of them just to look at that.

    Dusty HoneyDusty Honey4 hari yang lalu
  • good luck with cleaning that up

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  • I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

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  • Balls in my face.....

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  • 3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

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  • just Recycle them

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  • Now, this very video finally made me become one of your Lithium patreons, quite sure to go up the ranks - and a patreon at all for my very first time. Thank you so much for you videos and for your scientific and entertaining insight. Not long ago I watched your personal story. This is when I found myself to understand your deep dig into your own motivation. I'm glad that you've made it so far. Keep up with your good work! I spared a bootle of my selfmade wine for you, just in case I'll ever meet you, I'll bring it along.

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  • Nvm

    EmelyEmely4 hari yang lalu
  • What are shade balls?

    EmelyEmely4 hari yang lalu
  • I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

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  • Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

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  • It look like a boba tea lol

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Can You Swim in Shade Balls?