Swimming is not instinctual, (Instinctual is something we do that is unlearned or comes naturally). So if a person who doesn’t know how to swim were to fall into deep water, they may not be able to use inherently natural skills to float until help arrived or make their way haphazardly to safety. Without help, this person would most likely drown. That is why it’s so important to learn how to do it by taking swimming lessons.
In the animal kingdom, there are no swimming lessons. There is no Little Otter Swim School where mommy animals take their young to learn this skill. And, believe it or not, all animals are good swimmers
There are a lot of land-loving animals who would never do anything more with water than drink it. But they must
sometimes jump in the water to hunt for food, to cool off or to escape danger. And for many, the “doggy paddle” comes in handy.
There are some animals that you’ll be pretty surprised to learn are swimmers!
You may find it interesting that these five animals are swimmers!
The Tiger | Most cats don’t like water. In fact, don’t ever try to put your pet cat in a tub of water unless you want to get scratched! Bangladesh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans is home to more than 300 Bengal tigers. They are often seen swimming across the tree-covered rivers! Tigers are one of the most adaptable species on earth. They migrated across Asia and Africa from tundra to jungle and have had to adapt to each new environment. They swim with crocodiles and a variety of dolphin species.
The Moose | We aren’t the only species that detests humidity and pesky bugs. Swimming is part of the moose’s daily routine to help rid himself of these annoyances. The moose uses water to escape danger, In fact, pregnant females swim to islands to give birth to avoid predators. The moose also eats aquatic plants such as bladderwort and yellow water lilies.
The Elephant |The largest land mammal on earth is also a water lover! Elephants are excellent swimmers. They can be seen swimming across rivers when migrating with their trunk turned up in the air as a snorkel.
The Sloth | Sloths never seem to be in a hurry. They spend most of their time lounging in tree tops of rainforests but catch them in the water and you’ll be surprised. They are actually agile in the water and adept swimmers – moving three times faster in the water than they do on land. When in the water, sloths slow their heart rate down to one-third of its normal pace in order to hold their breath (for as long as 40 minutes) underwater.
The Pig | Pigs may not be able to fly, but they can swim. In fact, the pigs on the island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas are a tourist attraction. The pigs swim out to greet the incoming boats mainly because they have come to associate the boats with snack time. No one knows how these pigs actually became stranded on the island of Big Major Cay, but many Bahamians believe their ancestors may have been brought along by sailors as a source of food!
For many animals, swimming is a very necessary part of their life. We humans are a little different. We don’t have to swim for daily survival. Swimming is, however, a skill that we need in case we do need to survive in the water.