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New submarine moves like a shark

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(CBS 8) - There's a new underwater species that looks like a shark and moves like a dolphin. The Seabreacher X is the latest high-tech submarine that can dive below the surface, launch itself out of the water and speed along the surface.

It's part submarine and part shark, complete with a 255-horsepower supercharged engine. The Seabreacher X is a submersible watercraft that has the agility of a dolphin with a much more intimidating presence, as well as an intimidating price tag to go along with it.

"It's far faster than a conventional submarine. It won't go as deep but it goes a lot quicker and throws you around a lot more. It's kind of like a monster truck for the water," Innerspace Productions co-owner Rob Innes said.

The Seabreacher X is the latest and most advanced submersible watercraft created by Innerspace Productions, based in Redding, California.

"It's like a very extreme jet ski that you sit inside. It can go fully underwater, can jump clear out of the water, it has three axes control, kind of like an aircraft," Innes said.

And while the Seabreacher X boasts the agility of a dolphin, much like its predecessor, the Seabrecher J, this updated model looks more like a shark, capable of 50 miles per hour on the water and 25 miles per hour underwater.

"The Seabreacher X has a standard 255-horsepower supercharge engine. We also make a limited edition 300-horsepower version," Innes said.

In fact, each Seabreacher is custom made for its high-rolling customers, most of whom are not from the U.S.

"I'd say our biggest customer base is the Middle East at the moment," Innes said. "Pretty popular with the mega-yacht crowd. It's a nice little bit of 'eye candy' at the back of your yacht," Innes said.

That bit of eye candy will set you back quite a bit. The Seabreacher X goes for over $80,000. Its predecessor, the Seabreacher J, runs about $60,000. If you have your eye on the limited edition X model, you'll have to get in line. There's already a one-year wait list.

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