A moose swimming in Turnagain Arm, near Beluga Point, drew a small crowd of spectators Wednesday morning.

But Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s spokesperson Ken Marsh said it’s not unheard of for animals to swim in the inlet. He said both moose and bears have been known to swim to Fire Island and back. Fish and Game has video from a bear camera that shows a black bear trotting on the mudflats, then swimming the rest of the way to Fire Island.

As for the moose, it wasn’t clear that it was enjoying its marine experience or had a specific destination in mind. It got out of the water several times and explored the rocky shore before a passing train frightened it, which caused it to run back into the water.

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