Can Elephants Swim?


  • Elephants are good swimmers, even over long distances, and their trunks act as a handy in-built snorkel
  • They swim with their heads underwater, keeping their eyes open
  • Research suggests elephants and sea cows (dugongs and manatees) evolved from a common ancestor
  • Elephant foetuses contain a kidney duct found only in freshwater fish, frogs and egg-laying reptiles and mammals

Want more evidence?
Early elephants used ‘swimming trunks’
African Elephant Swimming In The Chobe River

Indian elephants swimming in the sea

Have you seen one swim? Let us know below.

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