You Don’t Want to Mess with Swans

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Not what you want to see when out in your kayak...

It’s that time of year - when those cute little Swans make their nests and vigorously defend them against all intruders.

With that in mind make sure you give them lots of room the next time you are on the water lest you will feel their wrath as Joe Davies from the UK did when he recently got attacked.

The dramatic scenes were captured this week when Joe dared to venture on to a stretch of water patrolled by a bad-tempered swan aptly nicknamed Tyson.

Joe, a local pub chef, said: “He went for me as soon as I got in the water – it made me wobble in the kayak and I capsized.

“As I was falling in, he went for me again, which made me panic.

“I was terrified. It took my breath away. I’d heard the rumours about Tyson but I’ve never seen him before. You hear about the damage swans can do when they attack.

You can read the full story here.

Thanks to Fiona for the heads-up.

Photo credit:

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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