Eagle Swimming in Saltwater

Two days ago I watched two eagles lock talons from about 300 feet above the water. Were they mating or fighting? I don’t know the answer to that question. As I watched in awe they plummeted to the water and failed to part before splashing into the water. One eagle was able to hop atop the other eagle and take flight, leaving the second eagle flopping in the water. The first eagle then continued to swoop toward the eagle in the water with talons extended, going for the other eagle’s head. The eagle in the water went on it’s back and tried to defend itself.

After seeing this I was able to position my boat close enough to prevent the attacks. The eagle then began the long swim to shore. I then began recording video using my iPhone 4s. Not shown in the video is the seal that decided it might want to eat the eagle. Again, I positioned the boat between the seal and eagle to save the eagle.

It took about 15 to 20 minutes for the eagle to reach shore. Upon reaching shore the eagles in the trees made a heck of a racket.

About John L. Beath

John Beath is a writer, photographer, videographer, blogger, tackle manufacturer & Captain at Whaler's Cove Lodge in Southeast Alaska. He is also owner of www.halibut.net and host at Lets Talk Outdoors @ www.youtube.com/jbeath
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