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)"



  • Try and run across a pool of shade balls

    Freddie GladwinFreddie Gladwin20 hours ago
  • give me please 1 balls = )

    Сергей ПавловСергей ПавловDay ago
  • 4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in

    5oo metors5oo metorsDay ago
  • Here some asma 8:02

    5oo metors5oo metorsDay ago
  • 3:43 😐

    RiskAttackRiskAttackDay ago
  • What is a Shade ball?

    Shugrrr SharkShugrrr SharkDay ago
  • Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*

    VidsWithRiahVidsWithRiahDay ago
  • Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

    VidsWithRiahVidsWithRiahDay ago
  • My question is how is he gonna get them out

    Crafty GirlCrafty GirlDay ago
  • what ar shade balls

    jerbear gamingjerbear gamingDay ago
  • It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying

    killerblob undeadkillerblob undeadDay ago
  • what is a shade ball?

    Nathan BryanNathan BryanDay ago
  • THAT IS SO COOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

    sherlyn riverasherlyn riveraDay ago
  • and i thought he was gonna drown

    LifeWithLonna periodtLifeWithLonna periodtDay ago
  • why are they called shade balls?

    LifeWithLonna periodtLifeWithLonna periodtDay ago
  • Can i have one of those?

    Joseph Christian CuyuganJoseph Christian CuyuganDay ago
  • He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

    Riley ChalmersRiley ChalmersDay ago
  • They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

    PazelloxuPazelloxu2 days ago
  • for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it

    Amy AlleyAmy Alley2 days ago
  • Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

    Omar SiddiqiOmar Siddiqi2 days ago
  • “A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!

    Kate CaldwellKate Caldwell2 days ago
  • Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

    TheBattleBroTheBattleBro2 days ago
  • 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 Honey2 days ago
  • good luck with cleaning that up

    Mercedez GwinnerMercedez Gwinner2 days ago
  • I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

    pingcheng zuopingcheng zuo2 days ago
  • Balls in my face.....

    Jordynn HemphillJordynn Hemphill2 days ago
  • 3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

    Čøøkīės n' ÇrëamČøøkīės n' Çrëam2 days ago
  • just Recycle them

    Nebosvod gonzalezNebosvod gonzalez2 days ago
  • 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.

    Michael GanzerMichael Ganzer2 days ago
  • Nvm

    EmelyEmely2 days ago
  • What are shade balls?

    EmelyEmely2 days ago
  • I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

    shelbel82shelbel823 days ago
  • Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

    Michael AndersonMichael Anderson3 days ago
  • It look like a boba tea lol

    Live By FaithLive By Faith3 days ago
  • Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

    NutellaNutella3 days ago
  • hi

    Mark ThompsonMark Thompson3 days ago
  • The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.

    PorkNotBeefPorkNotBeef3 days ago
  • Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.

    Paul KinderPaul Kinder3 days ago
  • How coooool!

    iTravel SportsiTravel Sports3 days ago
  • what a waste of money

    cmdeanecmdeane3 days ago
  • Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

    Whitney SimsWhitney Sims3 days ago
  • Wait...couldn’t you just put shade balls over your pool in the winter with a tarp?

    NotChargingNotCharging3 days ago
  • Its bad for the nature because its plastic

    Blobby YTBlobby YT4 days ago
  • this just gave me anxiety

    Ava GomezAva Gomez4 days ago
  • How u get them all out

    Vorcefull VorceVorcefull Vorce4 days ago
  • I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.

    Herbert ColemanHerbert Coleman4 days ago
  • 😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳

    Shade JamisonShade Jamison4 days ago
  • His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times

    A YoutuberA Youtuber4 days ago
  • Do NOT do this at home😉👍

    Candy LoverCandy Lover4 days ago
  • This made my asthma cry on the inside

    Faux FalconryFaux Falconry4 days ago
  • I need please .....

    best videosbest videos4 days ago

    Paula JPaula J4 days ago
  • Did you using it to create static energy with chargeable battery inside it goes through a static inside a spinning thing that create static like a duster it creates static when using it so this spinning thing are like that to creating static when its fully charge the battery goes in one collected area of the ball that fully charge again in this collected ball here is the ball with chargeable battery are being drained of its static energy then it goes back again to the spinning static to charge the chargeable battery in the collected ball this are going to spinning like a spiral or drill that fits one ball going back to the spinning static to charge again when the chargeable battery are used as a electricity up the spiral like drill will push it back to spinning static to charge again? ⚡🔆👽

    Jessie DizonJessie Dizon4 days ago
  • I'm gonna be a hater here for a second but I have been swimming for almost 8 years now and their swimming wash TERRIBLE I am not a hater it just really annoyed me. I seriously love this channel so pls don't kill meh!

    Killer KatKiller Kat4 days ago
  • The question is how is going to get them out

    FLEX BOIFLEX BOI4 days ago
  • Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement

    Murugesan AMurugesan A4 days ago
  • It's not 91% .... It's only π/4 ~ 78% Any thoughts?

    Saikumar BunnySaikumar Bunny4 days ago
  • you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.

    Naima M. AliNaima M. Ali5 days ago
  • thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever

    NappypuffNappypuff5 days ago
  • 3:46 no homo

    Lavina ColemanLavina Coleman5 days ago
  • MOOD

    osamr toroosamr toro5 days ago
  • Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af

    Geovanni FrancoGeovanni Franco5 days ago
  • thank u for the clarification ig i won’t be buying 10,000 giant black olives to fill my pool if it’s gonna make it hard for me to swim

    Arissa AispuroArissa Aispuro5 days ago
  • How much were all those shade balls ?

    goth lustgoth lust5 days ago
  • Veritasium : The science of shade balls. Me : unsubscribe. Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.

    sinekonatasinekonata5 days ago
  • So what’s the purpose of the balls?

    Strawberrycake*-*Strawberrycake*-*5 days ago
  • That would take me a long time to clean up

    Jacob the Fishermen99Jacob the Fishermen995 days ago
  • You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂

    Savannah LadaSavannah Lada5 days ago
  • So, are they like Higgs boson?

    Leonid RomanovLeonid Romanov5 days ago
  • 3:45 he loves it

    Charles MendezCharles Mendez5 days ago
Can You Swim in Shade Balls?