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.
The incredible clip has since been picked up around the province and gone viral online.
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…😁.”