Fun facts of the day [Ducks]

Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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  • Did you know that a group of ducks in the water is called a paddling?1


For ducky facts for extra points and admiration from your friends:

  • Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.2
  • All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.2


Update:
Rob gave it 32 seconds more thought then I did and quickly concluded that it doesn't make sense that ducks feet wouldn't have blood vessels as the tissue would just die. I can't believe I got dupped by funshun.com! The story as to why ducks feet don't get cold is interesting. There are a bunch of good links below in the comments. Apparently they have a type of vein heat exchanger to warm up the cold blood as it flows back into the core.

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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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