The bird's webbed feet, angled upward, skim across the water.
Some in the entourage had covered their faces with flags or hoods, some wore uniforms, and some had strapped webbed belts with green cartridge cases over their jeans.
They dive from the water's surface to pursue prey underwater, propelled by powerful, webbed feet.
Beavers have large webbed hind feet and a moderately long but highly flattened tail, which is used for propulsion in the water.
Surgery may be performed to separate webbed fingers or toes.
Named for the Canadian province where it originated, the Newfoundland's webbed feet, rudder-like tail, and water-resistant coat make it a natural swimmer.
The breed also has completely webbed feet and swims with a breast stroke instead of a dog paddle.
Facial deformities are common, along with webbed feet and hands.
The little seabird nests high in coastal forests, a fact that had eluded ornithologists until several years ago, when a bird with webbed feet flopped out of a felled tree.
But in truth, how much consolation can webbed feet and waterproof hair be when the skies are continually grey and the pavements forever puddled?