When I read the statistic that 37% of American’s couldn’t swim, I was a little shocked. So I started wondering if there were other mammals that couldn’t swim… learned that gorillas and orangutans were also in the no-swimming-category! So my internet-searching-happy-self starting reading about swimming and animals… Wanted to share some swimming fun facts!
- Elephants are capable of swimming twenty miles a day, using their trunks as natural snorkels. (too bad our noses are too short for that)
- Tuna swim at a steady speed of nine mph and they never stop. That means a 15-year-old tuna may have traveled 1,000,000 miles.
- Kangaroos are great swimmers.
- Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles (161 kilometers) at a stretch.
- Dolphins, the fastest mammal, can swim up to 35 miles per hour. (my old clunker car could barely drive that fast)
- Despite all their adaptations for life in the water, hippos can’t swim! They can’t even float! Their bodies are far too dense to float, so they move around by pushing off from the bottom of the river or simply walking along the riverbed in a slow-motion gallop, lightly touching the bottom with their toes like aquatic ballet dancers.