The single engine, semi-displacement hull form with deep forefoot and a long deep keel actually more closely resembles Down East-style workboats and cruisers.
The ‘IRIS II’ has been designed on traditional lines with quite a square forefoot to give as much keel length as possible, and a transom stern.
The fatty digital cushion is smaller in the rear foot than the forefoot in both African and Asian elephants.
Most species have three digits on the hindfoot and three or four on the forefoot , but in some only a single digit, the third, remains.
It gave three quick kicks to its right cheek with a forefoot , scratched the smallest itch.
On inspection, the foot has an ‘up and out’ appearance, with the dorsal forefoot practically touching the anterior aspect of the ankle and lower leg.
Well, we seen prints of a big man here and there riding a large horse with a chip on the left forefoot .
The full-length keel aids in directional stability as well as dampening roll and the deep forefoot helps to prevent pounding in choppy seas.
The forefeet have 4 functional toes, and the hindfeet 3 (digits 1 and 5 are present but reduced).
The forefeet have four toes, which are easily maneuverable and used for grasping.