1 June 2003
A swimming elephant is probably not the first thing you'd expect to find when hitting the beach in Thailand…….
Although not natural swimmers, in the sense that they swim for fun, elephants will swim when they have to and use their trunk as a snorkel. Despite their size they can move in the water with a certain grace and indeed this skill is used by some working animals as part of the timber trade on SE Asian islands.
Wildlife cameraman Gil Arbel recently shot some stunning footage of an elephant swimming in the Gulf of Thailand. Now available for license through Granada Visual this amazing material shows, both on the surface and underwater, one of the most extraordinary, yet familiar, animals in a totally unfamiliar environment…...
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