Birds flying along rocky cliffs at the ocean

Scientist Decode The Physics Of Wave Surfing Pelicans

Birds flying along rocky cliffs at the ocean
NPS Photo/D. Zeller – Pelican formation

Have you ever wondered how pelicans can glide along the top of ocean waves without flapping their wings?

UC San Diego researchers have spelled out the math that explains how pelicans can fly for miles along the coast while barely flapping their wings. KPBS environment Reporter Erik Anderson says the information has implications for understanding the warming climate.

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