Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Swimming Animals

Swimming is biologically propelled motion through a liquid medium. Swimming has evolved a number of times in a range of organisms ranging from arthropods to fish to molluscs. But, sometimes nature can be strange and funny, and to give swimming power to animals that don’t belong to water! Bellow you can see funny examples of that animals swimming.

Swimming elephant

elephant swimming 1 Five unusual swimming animals

Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.

elephant swimming  Five unusual swimming animals

Swimming horses

swimming horse  Five unusual swimming animals

Horses paddle with their legs, with most of the motion from the knee down, and they are quite buoyant. Most enjoy swimming! “Most horses see no reason to enter the ocean–there’s nothing to eat, they can’t drink the water, and they’d have a hard time escaping predators. However, in warm areas with small waves, some horses can actually enjoy ocean swimming.

swimming horse 1 Five unusual swimming animals

Swimming tiger

Swimming tiger  Five unusual swimming animals

This is a shot of Odin, a six year old tiger at Six Flags Marine World Africa. Unlike most cats, Odin loves to swim. This shot was taken by my ten year old daughter during her visit to the park. Odin is about ten feet long, was taught to swim by his trainer and by watching another tiger. He is gulping a chunk of raw meat tossed in the water in this photo, that is called motivation–tiger style.

Swimming tiger 1 Five unusual swimming animals

Swimming deer

swimming deer  Five unusual swimming animals

If you startled a deer, you might not expect it to jump into the nearest pond and submerge itself for minutes. But that is exactly what two species of mouse-deer in Asia do when confronted by predators, scientists have found. There are around 10 species of mouse-deer, which are also called ‘chevrotains’. All belong to the ancient ruminant family Tragulidae, which split some 50 million years ago from other ruminants, the group that went on to evolve into cattle, goats, sheep, deer and antelope.

swimming deer 1 Five unusual swimming animals

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