The large strange shape swimming in a lake looks like some kind of aquatic monster, but it is actually a moose diving for dinner.
Wayne Ellet was visiting Glacier National Park when he captured the moose diving in the lake along Swiftcurrent Pass Trail. The big animalwould surface for a few short breaths before diving under again, its distinctive horns creating strange shapes in the water.
“We watched this bull moose swim, dive and eat for over 30 minutes,” Ellet told Storyful.
Watch the interesting nature video in the video below:
Moose are actually natural divers. They can dive almost 20 feet (6 metres) under the water – moose dive in order to reach the aquatic plants growing at the bottom of lakes and rivers. They are such good swimmers that they can hold their breath underwater for a full minute. Their large nostrils act as valves to keep water out as they dive, much like a snorkel.
Moose forage in the water for the nutrient-rich aquatic plants in the autumn, to ensure they get enough food and to fatten up for the winter. Each animal needs to eat about 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of plants a day, which can become challenging because of Canada’s short summers.
Moose also like to snack on pumpkins apparently, as one homeowner recently discovered on Halloween when he caught two moose on his porch. You can watch that video here.