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Crocodiles ‘surf’ long distance on ocean currents

June 8, 2010






A crocodile swimming  Estuarine crocodiles are poor swimmers



Saltwater crocodiles enjoy catching a wave and can travel hundreds of kilometres by “surfing” on ocean currents, a study suggests.

Australian researchers used sonar sensors and satellite transmitters to monitor 20 reptiles’ movements.

They found the crocodiles undertook numerous trips of over 10km (6.2 miles), but only when a current flowed in their direction of travel.

The results of the research appear in the Journal of Animal Zoology. …. Read more

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