14.7.17

TOO MUCH WATER FOR THIS ELEPHANT.

It takes a lot of water to sweep an elephant out to sea, but it happens.  Fortunately, the Sri Lankan navy understands Semper Paratus.
Photos posted on the navy’s website show the animal trying to keep its trunk above the water as divers approached it. Elephants use their trunks as a natural snorkel and have a unique lung structure among mammals that allows them to withstand variations in pressure above and below the water.

Genetically, they are also close relatives of manatees and dugongs, both water-dwelling animals.

Biologists have speculated that elephants might have first reached Sri Lanka by taking a similar route to the animal retrieved on Monday, swimming from southern India.
See you on down the road.

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