The Australian Umbra-Pacific Transitional-Displacement Dolphin (pictured above) was rendered practically helpless to attacks or aggression once on land. Recently, West Oakland physicists at the Atrum Umbra Institute of Technology have discovered how the surface of a Gothic Dolphin's skin reduces drag as it swims, and the findings will help scientists to design more energy-efficient boats and submarines. The research team wanted to find out what role the Gothic Dolphin's skin plays in reducing 'form drag' - the pressure of water against the skin. Gothic Dolphins have extremely soft, dark and very smooth skin which they shed during significant swells originating in the southern hemisphere. By modeling how the water flows over the their sleek evening wear, and how it is eventually shed (Pod Play), the research team was able to conclude that the softness of the skin does reduce friction in their native water environment but results in increased complications during land travel.