Science of summer: Those unbreakable, unbeakable loons

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, July 22, 2018

The female loon on a Wisconsin lake was still swimming, looking for all the world like one of those Second World War photos of an aircraft shot full of holes that somehow made it home.

The upper half of the animal’s beak was bent sharply upward at a bizarre angle, raising all kind of questions: How could it catch fish? How could it eat if it did catch something?

Yet the female was surviving, teaching even veteran scientists a lesson in just how tough these birds are.

Or as Piper puts it, “Loons hang in there through adversity.”

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