Cowabunga! Swans can windsurf

You won’t see them in baggies and Huarache sandals or sporting bushy, bushy blond hairdos, but yes, swans can surf. They don’t always need an ocean, either—a researcher observed mute swans arching their wings and curving their posture in a way that allowed them to move swiftly across the water for more than 100 meters with the wind at their backs, National Geographic reports. (You can watch a shaky video here.)  The average speed for swans when paddling is almost 1 kilometer per hour, so this newly observed behavior could be a way for the bulky birds to cover medium distances more quickly, a study published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology shows.

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