Being that it’s summer and scorching hot out here in arid Colorado, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the neighborhood pool. There’s nothing quite like jumping into the clear, cool waters to wash away the day’s sweat and fatigue.
Watching the neighbor kids jump, splash, and race in the pool got me thinking about the marvel of swimming and how lucky we are to be able to do it. Almost every other animal in the world can swim, instinctively, from the time it’s born. Humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees are the only ones who have to be taught.
Compared to other swimming animals, humans are ill-equipped for the task. We have no fins, flippers, or gills, and we have to be taught to keep our heads above water. Still, with practice, we’ve become pretty darn good at it. Just take a look at the Olympic swimmers who glide through the water with an ease and speed that puts my doggie paddle to shame.
Ever wondered who the world’s fastest swimmer is, animal or human? Here’s a great infographic to share with the poolside crowd next time you’re taking a dip.
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