” The Pacific loon’s most notable feature is its vibrant purple throat.
It also has a stout body, long neck and ruby red eyes. . . .
Pacific loons are built to be swimmers.
Their three-toed webbed feet help them paddle through the water and their wings help them steer. Pacific loons are also exceptional divers and have been caught in fishing nets 73 m below the water’s surface.
When on land, the Pacific loon looks extremely awkward
because its legs aren’t designed for walking.
For this reason, the loon can only take flight from water.”
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