Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
Scientist test the effectiveness of anti-depressants by having lab mice undergo a "forced swim test", where mice are dropped into vats of waters and evaluated based on how much they struggle to survive ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1252, Henry III was given a magnificent white bear, presumably a polar bear, by the King of Norway. The bear lived in the Tower of London and was allowed to swim and hunt for fish in the River Thames. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Red Herrings, unlike other fish that use their gills, have a direct path from their swim bladder to their anus and β€œfart” to swim. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
That fully aquatic mammals, never fully go to sleep. instead it shuts down only half of its brain at a time, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. So that they may continue to swim to surface to breath animals.howstuffworks.com…
The cone snail, one of the most venomous animals on earth, releases a cloud of insulin when a fish swims by, causing it to go into hypoglycemic shock, immobilizing it so it can inject the fish with a cocktail of up to 200 toxins museumsvictoria.com.au/ar…
The city of ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland, uses hot water to maintain the temperature of a section of its downtown pond so the birds living there always have a corner in which to swim, even in winter. icelandmag.is/article/sev…
A pod of dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a great white shark by herding the swimmers together and doing tight circles around them to create a barrier. The dolphins kept this up for 40 minutes until the shark lost interest and was safe for the swimmers to swim to shore. theguardian.com/science/2…
Hippos cannot actually swim. They have very little body fat and are made up of almost pure muscle. Unlike other mammals that usually float, hippos sink straight to the bottom. They are either running on the floor of the body of water, or they are pushing off and bouncing. youtu.be/X-YRJCSZRJU
Today I learned of Penny Dean, who in 1976 broke the world record for long-distance swim from CA to Catalina Island (22 miles) by 1.5 HOURS. Her record has yet to be broken by man or woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Sharks don't have swim bladders and if they stop swimming they sink ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebr…
Any swimming stroke can be used in freestyle swim races, but the most commonly used stroke is the front crawl. Nowadays, "freestyle" is synonymous with front crawl, even though freestyle is a competition category and not an actual swim stroke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In addition to bifocals, the lighting rod and Franklin stove Benjamin Franklin also invented swim fins and the flexible urinary catheter for his brother who suffered from bladder stones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Relocating sea otters to SF bay could greatly increase their population and aid in conservation efforts by keeping them safer from shark bites...but getting them there means they have to swim the "shark gauntlet" near the Golden Gate. universityofcalifornia.ed…
In early 1990s, NASA sent jellyfish to space to test how spaceflight would affect their development. The jellies did not develop the proper gravity-sensing capabilities and had trouble figuring how to swim around in normal gravity, with abnormal pulsing and movement when returned to Earth. popsci.com/article/techno…
The Dumbo Octopus lives 7000 meters down in the ocean. They are about 20 centimeters long and use their ears to swim. sawongam.com/others/deep-…
Today I learned about skishing, a discipline of extreme fishing where the practitioner swims in the open ocean while fishing, was popularized by a Montauk cabinet maker who was kicked out of a fishing tournament for swimming out to a rock to fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Alligators are scared of humans and it's usually safe to swim in most alligator infested waters. A 2010 report tallied all the reported alligator attacks over the 81 years from 1928 to 2009. It found there were only 24 deaths from alligators in the United States, most of them in Florida. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Rocks in streams and rivers create vortices that can allow a dead fish to swim upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
Hippos can't swim instead their buoyancy is increased under water, this increased buoyancy makes water act like a microgravity environment for them! academic.oup.com/jmammal/…
John Quincy Adams was an avid swimmer and frequently swam in the Potomac. While president, he almost drowned when one of his swimming expeditions went awry. He continued to swim afterward, anyway, against his physician's advice. millercenter.org/presiden…
A 28-yr-old Welsh man with a "no regrets" tattoo partying in Vegas in a bachelor party ended up at the Hoover Dam. He reported thinking: "fuck it! I'm going for a swim." His friends cheered as he swam across the Hoover Dam reservoir which luckily had 9 of its 10 turbines off. He was fined $330. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Einstein didn't know how to swim, but he refused to wear a lifejacket. He was always running his boat aground because he was so busy relaxing that he didn’t look to see where he was going. His family was convinced that if he didn’t drown, he’d get his head smashed by the masts and spars. seahistory.org/sea-histor…
Dog paddle was the first swimming stroke used by ancient humans, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim. Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Tyler Perry stopped any future business with Warner Bros owned networks, finishing up his sitcoms "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" runs on WB owned TBS, partly out of anger from a episode of "The Boondocks" which lampooned and criticized him harshly, airing on WB owned Adult Swim. shadowproof.com/2010/07/0…
Amazon has a patent for underwater warehouses. It would be filled with goods stored in watertight containers, placed there by conveyor belts, humans, trucks, or planes. The containers would be outfitted with cartridges that would act like a fish's swim bladder controlling their depth in water. businessinsider.com/amazo…
Adult Swim cartoon Moral Orel was cancelled for being too dark and depressing. The creator remembers submitting the script for the episode "Alone" and a proposed follow-up episode titled "Rape" and was told the show would end that season. vice.com/en_us/article/3b…
You should wait 72 hours after it rains to swim in the ocean. Storm runoff that empties into the ocean carries increased levels of contaminants, like bacteria, fertilizers, and sewage. Swimming in the ocean too soon can increase your risk of various infections. caseagrant.ucsd.edu/news/…
Many High Schools required boys to swim nude until the 1960s. Girls swam clothed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nud…
Guinness modified its filtration process eliminating the use of isinglass (derived from the dried swim bladders of fish) making its beer officially vegan. popsci.com/how-is-guinnes…
In 1720, Benjamin Franklin wrote of a swim fin prototype of wooden paddles he placed on his hands that he used as youngster to help him swim faster. sutori.com/item/1720-benj…
Manatees rely on their farting abilities to keep them afloat. When they have gas stored up, they’re more buoyant and float to the surface. When they fart out that gas, they sink. When constipated and can’t pass gas, they can't swim properly and float around with their tail above their head. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
American long-distance open-water swimmer Lynne Cox is known for being the first person to swim the 2.5 miles between the United States and the Soviet Union, via the Bering Strait. She was jointly congratulated by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
The sound used behind the Williams Street logo on Adult Swim was originally from the Mark VII Limited "hammer" logo, a production company of actor and director Jack Webb. youtu.be/akMrmMtVlms
Today I learned of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, an American businessman who died when the RMS Lusitania sank in 1915, after giving his lifejacket to a young mother and her baby. He knew that he could not swim and that there were no other lifeboats available at the time. His body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for a whopping 40 minutes under water. roaring.earth/sloths-swim…
The Blue Hole is a 120-metre-deep sinkhole, five miles north of Dahab, Egypt. Its nickname is the β€œdivers’ cemetery”. Divers in Dahab say 200 died in recent years. Many of those who died were attempting to swim under the arch. This challenge is to scuba divers what Kilimanjaro is to hikers. theguardian.com/world/201…
An 11 year old girl in Nova Scotia, when told she couldn't swim in her local river, initiated testing of the river for fecal contaminants. After the samples tested above allowable limits, three levels of government committed $15 million to install 600 septic tanks along the river. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
French Bulldogs cannot swim because their flat snouts and top-heavy bodies make it hard to keep their heads above water. If you insist on having a swimming Frenchie, you can buy a tiny lifejacket for them---but be sure to supervise them at all times. frenchie.world/blogs/news…
Giraffes have long been known as one of the mammals in the world that are not able to swim. Scientists believed that the long neck of the giraffe and the long legs would not provide enough energy to support its neck while in water worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
Baby otters can’t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Magikarp-Gyarados evolution is inspired by the Chinese myth that a carp that swims up the Dragon Gate waterfall on the Yellow River is transformed into a dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/…
Steve Martin leaked his own rider, which includes a roasted chicken to use as a dancing puppet, a pair of swim trunks in case there is a pool onstage, and a booklet called "How to Make Money From the Banjo". (The booklet must be more than two pages long.) stevemartin.com/stevemart…
Fish have evolved to use turbulence so efficiently, that under the right conditions, a dead fish can "swim" upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
"Noodling" as a means of catching catfish using bare hands as bait, is practiced primarily in the South. It requires fishermen to reach into submerged breeding holes in riverbanks in hopes that the catfish will swim forward and latch onto their hand or is large enough to be grabbed by the gills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
Devin Gaines earned 5 bachelor degrees with honors simultaneously at the University of Connecticut, averaging 24 credits a semester and 3 hours of sleep a night. He drowned in 2007 because he didn't know how to swim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Once a year, fish swim to Mexico for an orgy so loud it can deafen dolphins and sea lions newsweek.com/corvina-mati…
There is a group of sea wolves on Vancouver Island that can swim for miles and 90% of their diet is seafood. They primarily eat salmon but also forage on barnacles, lams, herring eggs, seals, and river otters. nationalgeographic.com/ma…

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