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Surfer Birds

Surfer Birds

Australian black swan with cygnet (credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who thinks that only humans know how to enjoy themselves should reconsider that notion. Four black swans certainly seem to enjoy a surf spot on Queensland's Gold Coast by repeatedly catching the next wave. According to Australians who were survint at iconic Kirra beach, four black swans started catching waves and repeatedly did so several times. The swans recognized when the wave was good and when to catch it. One of the birds caught the peak, set a perfect line, and rode the way all the way to the beach.

One of the human surfers captured some video of this remarkable bit of bird behavior. Only one question remains...does everyone surf in Australia? WHB

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