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HTC Incredible S launch: photos

HTC officially launched the Incredible S in a Sydney Aquarium-based extravaganza.

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Michelle Starr
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HTC officially launched the Incredible S in a Sydney Aquarium-based extravaganza.

Alas, no pricing details were announced; but we were informed that we can expect the device to be available sometime in May, exclusive to the Optus network for three months.

We also took photos of sharks.

We agree, HTC: Scuba diving in a shark tank is pretty different.

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If there's one thing better than going to the Aquarium, it's getting to the Aquarium and finding Lego.

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Neptune and his pet octopus have had to take up a secondary job as doormen over rumours of indiscretion with an orca. Hey, we didn't start them.

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Apparently phones do not photograph well in a darkened room. Who knew? (If you'd like to take a look at some good pictures of the Incredible S, head over to our preview.)

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The Incredible S is taking a different direction with its case design; gone is the aluminium chassis, which makes the phone much lighter.

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Everything you see on the Incredible S's screen is customisable.

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♪WHITE WHALE HOLY GRAIL♫

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You'll never take me alive, Lego mural Captain Ahab!

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The curiously named lipstick tang. No, really, we have no idea why it is called that. Serious.

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We don't know what this fish is called. Guess we'd better go back to school. Get it? Man, tough crowd...

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♪ I'm a shark!!! I'm a SHAAAARK! ♫

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Down some stairs and up some stairs and a life jacket later, we were up above the Barrier Reef tank for feeding time. The climate was warm and humid to replicate optimal conditions on the reef itself.

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The glass-bottomed boat gave us a perfect view of the marine life. Our tour guide told us that the sharks feel disinclined to eat the other fish for three reasons: firstly, the fish are very well fed and don't feel the need to hunt; secondly, sharks prefer to hunt injured or weakened prey and the Aquarium fish are generally neither; and thirdly, the tank has been cunningly stocked with fish that sharks won't usually eat anyway. FACTS, everyone!

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The fish have come to realise that boat = food, and they happily schooled in our wake.

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The sharks, though, seemed not to care much; they just kept on sharkin'.

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Starfish from the sticky side.

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Look at those lovely longfin bannerfish. We're, uh, not sure how that shark got in the photo ...

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It's slowly coming this way!

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Ty Pendlebury laughs in the face of danger! Especially if there's a thick glass barrier and different elemental living conditions in the way!

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Some sharks do need to keep in constant motion to breathe, but the lemon sharks we saw are not among them — they use a muscle to push water through a vestigial gill called the spiracle over the gills. They do not, however, have a swim bladder and cannot float if they stop moving and will come to rest on the ocean floor. This fellow obligingly took such a rest just long enough for us to snap a few shots.

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