How lizards walk on water

The Basilisk lizard runs across the water on two legs. The mystery of how a type of lizard "walks" on water may have been solved, a group of US scientists believe. The basilisk lizard – also known as a Jesus lizard – has a seemingly miraculous ability to scurry across liquid, apparently at odds with the usual laws of physics. Apart from a few types of spider and insect – such as pond skaters that are light enough to avoid piercing the surface tension of the water – the lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons) is the only creature that can perform this mystifying trick. Harvard University’s Dr Tonia Hsieh told the BBC World Service that experiments showed the lizard to be producing massive sideways force to stay upright. "We did expect that we would see that they were producing enough force to run on the top of the water," the researcher in the institution’s department of organismic and evolutionary biology explained. "What we didn’t expect to see was very large medio-lateral forces; forces pretty much to the side of the lizards."

Link: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | How lizards walk on water.

Note: I think any good whitewater kayaker can relate. When I was kayaking, I would often get blindsided by a wave or current. If I was quick enough, I would hit the surface of the water with the paddle just before I went under and usually I would pop right back up! It saved me from a bruising swim many times.