Like all mammals (except humans and apes, who have to learn how to
swim), elephants are very good, untiring swimmers.
Elephants move all four legs to swim and are able to move quite fast
like that. Their big body provides enough floatation while the trunk
acts like a snorkel.
How do Elephants Swim?
Elephants mostly swim with their face above and their mouth below the
water surface. They breathe through their trunk which they use as a
Can Elephants Swim Long Distances?
These strong animals can swim long distances without a problem. Experts
suppose that elephants once swam from Southern
India to Sri Lanka where they settled.
Do Elephants Like to Swim?
Particularly young elephants love swimming
and diving. They "fight" the waves in wild abandon, climb
about on the older group members
and splash back into the water. They are also untiring divers. When
watching the animals in the water, the elephant keepers are always relieved
to spot the small elephant's trunk peeping out of the water again to
take another breath.