Thursday, 15 August 2013

The king of the swimmers, and proof that you can deal with a huge shark if you have the knowledge...

What makes us humans human? Well it certainly isn't the ability to do the breaststroke, as these apes have learned it from humans caring for them:

 

Renato Bender, a primate researcher at a Johannesberg univeisty, has videoed two chimps swimming, diving, and generally having a good time in the water. This shows that apes learn to swim like humans need to learn, rather than employinng the instinctive 'doggy paddle' that most mammals do. Zoos had better hope that these chimps don't start teaching their friends though - many of them use moats to keep their primates in their enclosures, so mass breakouts could ensue....

And, on a crazier note: No-one would ever class a great white shark as 'cuddly'. But are they really so bad? Here's one diver who doesn't think so: