Eagles are beautiful, majestic birds and witnessing them in full motion can be an experience of a lifetime. Being the apex predators in the bird family, these creatures represent strength, leadership, and vision.
However, while videos of an eagle catching its prey is common, have you ever seen one of these behemoth’s swimming? If not, here is an absolute treat for you.
In a video published by New Hampshire TV station WMUR, a bald eagle, which is also the National Emblem of the United States, was caught swimming to the shore. It was a mesmerizing sight as the eagle had its wings spread to the maximum and kept moving forward.
According to researcher Jim Watson, bald eagles have been often caught swimming. In this case, the eagle might have caught a big fish or its wings may have touched the water. Sometimes, when their wings get soaked making it hard to fly, they prefer to swim.
Here is the video:
🦅 Whoa! A bald eagle was spotted swimming to shore in Wolfeboro. Amazing! https://t.co/udTkenOeNS
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) June 10, 2019
The video went viral on Twitter in no time with people stunned to see the eagle pulling of the breaststroke!
Weird that a bald eagle does the butterfly. 🤔
— Andrew Smith (@ASmithSales) June 10, 2019
Looked a bit like breaststroke to me. 😁
— Melody L Falcone (@MelodyL_Falcone) June 10, 2019
@RyanLochte can you rate this athlete’s technique? Looks rather flawless to this layperson.
— Nick Plek (@Kelper7) June 10, 2019
As if there aren’t enough predators in the ocean we now have to worry about bald eagles. 😦
— DCSportsAdvocate 💬 (@DCSportsMark) June 10, 2019
The baldness helps with speed.
— Morgan Pulitzer (@PulitSurprise) June 13, 2019
I have witnessed this and it was amazing!! Great video and no he/she does not need help. ❤️🦅
— Mastiffs & Music (@makin_plans) June 13, 2019
Not a bad time in the 50M breaststroke event.
— Chris Mitchell (@CDMitchell) June 13, 2019
If Eagles miscalculate a dive & end up in the water, they can’t take off & have no choice but to swim to shore. Some Eagles drown when this happens if they are too far from shore.
— Tara Coulter (@HolisticSailor) June 14, 2019
Everybody gangsta until the eagles star swimmin 👀👀👀
— Nikolas Neal (@ihopeaglesfan) June 13, 2019
@swimswamnews newest addition to the US Olympic team in 2020?
— Jen DeHart (@jcdehart) June 10, 2019
Such a magnificent creature!!
— TrueNorthSNF (@rsguy999) June 10, 2019
This eagle is doing the breast stroke better than most people 🤣
— pavana reddy (@mazadohta) June 13, 2019
Doing the breast stroke! 😳. I’ve never seen anything like it!
— Diane Hake 🖤💛🏈 (@dianehake) June 13, 2019
Wow. Definitely, a sight to behold. And yes, you can thank us later.