If you've never tried scuba diving, you're going to feel all wet compared to the world's first scuba-diving dog and cat. Jump in the water and take this quiz to learn about these unique scuba-diving pets.
How long had Gene Alba been scuba diving when he thought of the idea of scuba diving for his dog, Mutley?
Why did Alba sew pockets into Mutley's wet suit?
to furnish a pretty adornment for his favorite dog
to have a place for weights
to strengthen the wet suit
What material is Mutley's head gear made from?
Where did Alba try out his scuba-diving dog before taking her to the ocean?
at the local public swimming pool
in his backyard pool
inside his super-sized bathtub
Aside from scuba diving, in what other respect is Mutley like no other animal?
She can swim great distances.
She eats fish as her staple food.
She is the only animal to have won an Emmy award.
Under what circumstances did Alba find a stray cat, later named Hawkeye?
She was tangled up in chicken wire near his house and Mutley alerted him to her predicament.
She was lying in a gutter nearby as he was on his way to do a scuba diving filming session.
She followed him home one day from the park and he adopted her.
How did Alba notice that Hawkeye wasn't afraid of the water?
She would jump into the bathtub with Mutley.
She would mew pleadingly when he would take Mutley scuba diving.
She would jump freely into the backyard pool.
Why is swimming good for Hawkeye's health?
because it keeps her coat glowing with health
because it's a good way for the overweight cat to exercise
because it prevents her from harboring fleas
When Alba designed Hawkeye's wet suit, what did he have to consider?
that she should be able to put her own suit on by herself
that she wouldn't look too odd
that it wouldn't squeeze her body too much
Why doesn't Mutley have to worry about the bends?
because she stays close to the surface
because animals aren't affected by this condition
because she has an inbuilt system that combats the "bends"
What are wet suits usually made of?
neoprene, a synthetic rubber
How many pounds of lead weight are fitted into Hawkeye's wet suit?
8-10 pounds (3.6-4.6 kilos)
12-14 pounds (5.5-6.4 kilos)
16-18 pounds (7.3-8.2 kilos)
Aside from gluing the helmet onto the rest of the suit, how did Alba ensure that the seal remained watertight?
He painted on a rubber sealant.
He caulked the outside of the helmet.
He devised a vacuum system for any water that leaked in.
What is the purpose of Mutley's and Hawkeye's compressed air tanks?
as backups if the other system (from Alba's tank) fails
to keep their breathing apparatus pressurized
to give them a sense of safety
Mutley's scuba diving equipment cost $40,000. How much did Hawkeye's cost?
about the same
How proficient is Hawkeye at swimming underwater?
not very proficient
What is Alba's explanation for Hawkeye's ease in the water?
He thinks she's learned to love it because of her affection for Mutley.
He thinks she's a natural, born waterbaby.
He thinks it relaxes her with a feeling of weightlessness.
When people heard about Mutley and Hawkeye, they requested that Alba make scuba diving suits for their pets. Did he do so?
Yes, he made some.
No, he didn't make any.
No, but he tried.
Why is the Caribbean region ideal for Hawkeye?
because of the warm water temperature
because the waters are clear
because there is no surf
When people doubt Alba's treatment of animals, he assures them that:
it is safe and they both love to dive
they would do the same thing in his place
he really loves animals even though he treats them badly