An­i­mal blunders

The fun­ni­est things an­i­mals get up to in the wild

World of Animals - - Contents - Words Vic­to­ria Williams

Ducks are more grace­ful in wa­ter than on ice

Long-tailed ducks are mi­gra­tory sea ducks. When the wa­ter isn’t frozen over they’re ac­com­plished divers, reach­ing depths of 60 me­tres (197 feet), which is more than most other duck species. In or­der to achieve such an aquatic feat they use their wings to pro­pel them­selves down­ward. The sexes are eas­ily dis­tin­guished as the males have the elon­gated tail feath­ers that give the species its name.

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