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Moose & Water

moose shaking 472Moose spend a great deal of time in and near bodies of water, feeding, cooling themselves and avoiding insects. They are powerful swimmers, exhibiting great speed and endurance. Moose have been observed swimming distances up to 12 miles, and are known to occasionally swim from one point of land to another when the distance is shorter by water than by land. (Adult moose usually swim with only their head out of water, whereas yearlings have most of their back exposed.) Moose can spread their hooves, and this is ability is thought to enhance their paddling skills.

Much of a moose’s summer diet is semi-aquatic and aquatic vegetation, thus they feed near shore as well as in deeper water. Studies have shown that moose will dive as deep as 18 feet to obtain submerged plants. It is slightly unsettling to see them totally disappear for up to nearly a minute while foraging under water!

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7 responses

  1. onthelandttor

    That’s an AMAZING photo Mary.

    September 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

  2. Jennifer Peterson

    A better swimmer you could scarce see ever,
    He could, perhaps, have pass’d the Hellespont,
    As once (a feat on which ourselves we prided)
    Leander, Mr. Ekenhead, and I did.
    Lord Byron

    September 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

  3. so very interesting. moose seem like magical creatures to me… so mysterious, yet present. great post.

    September 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

  4. Fantastic shot, Mary. Moose seem so ancient and primitive a creature, like remnants of the mega fauna that once roamed the earth.

    September 13, 2014 at 2:29 am

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