July 15 – 21, 2022Vol. 24, No. 6

Swimming Underwater

by Dick Greenan

Here are the questions for the week: Sean wrote in and asked, “How long can loons stay underwater and how fast can they swim underwater? I saw one swim right under our boat this morning.”

Well, Sean, Loons can stay underwater up to 5 minutes and have been clocked underwater at 20 m.p.h.!

Dick Greenan is chairman of the Belgrade Lakes Association’s Loon Preservation Project. If you have a particular question regarding our Belgrade loon population, please email your inquiry to info@blamaine.org, and he will try to answer you either in this column or via email.

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