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Camel Ahoy!

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Camels are known as “the Ships of the Desert,” because of their endurance and ability to carry great loads. But their designation as ships may have an additional meaning. Arabian camels, or dromedaries, are great swimmers — capable of swimming six miles or more in open water — and in the wild will willingly swim the distance for food or companionship.

In this video, in preparation for a race, camel trainers in Oman trucked their dromedaries to a nearby beach for a couple of hours of aquatic fitness training.