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Swans Swim Through Ice

There's a thin layer of ice on top of the pond at Bradgate Park, in Glenfield, UK. But swans gotta swim, for some reason. This swan family follows dad single file as he breaks a path through the ice, bit by bit.

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You may think it's more trouble than it's worth, but you are not a swan. It must be important to them. -via Tastefully Offensive


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He's doing the exact thing that icebreakers do: power-drive on top of the ice, then break downward. Icebreakers have a flexible prow that flattens out when driven onto an ice sheet, then 'pop' out again to smash against the ice for better breaking.

I wonder if the designer of the first icebreaker ship saw this behavior?
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