A soaring bald eagle isn’t necessarily a ground-breaking sight to any West Coaster. But how about an eagle doing the butterfly stroke after catching a massive fish?
Remarkable footage captured recently in Campbell River shows just that. It was shared by Baek Lee (user @wonderfulremark) in an Instagram post.
“Wow!!…….That is totally the coolest thing that I have EVER seen!! Eagles are the awesomest creatures imaginable.”Instagrammer @twyllallen.
In the video, the eagle uses its massive wings to swim in Menzies Bay, as it makes its way towards a log boom to enjoy the catch in its talons.
“I thought he was drowning,” Lee wrote, “so I approached him to give him a hand but only to find out he was swimming with his meal.”
Experts say eagles diving and swimming with their prey is not unusual. Often when an eagle grabs a meal that’s too heavy to fly away with, it will breaststroke to nearby land before digging in.
West coasters were quick to chime in in the comment section: “Wow!!…….That is totally the coolest thing that I have EVER seen!! Eagles are the awesomest creatures imaginable,” said Instagrammer @twyllallen.
User @jonathan.pablito remarked, “Somebody teach that eagle the freestyle or the backstroke…😁.”