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Water-Walking Basilisks

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Some animals, like the common basilisk (a.k.a. the Jesus Christ lizard) are capable of running across water for short distances. The basilisk accomplishes this feat by slapping the water with sufficient force and speed to keep its body above the surface. This slap also creates a pocket of air around its foot. The lizard propels itself forward by kicking its leg back, then lifting its foot out of the water before the air bubble collapses. Water birds like the Western Grebe and tail-walking dolphins rely on similar physics to stay above the water line. # (submitted by Simon H)

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