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Oh nothing, just a deer swimming at the beach in California (video)

Feb 19, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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OK, the main reason I’m posting this is that I once lived in Moss Landing, Calif., where this video was shot (it’s on the Monterey Peninsula, north of Salinas). The secondary reason is, there’s video of a freakin’ deer swimming in the ocean. Questions abound:

How did the deer get so far out into the water?

Did he lose his surfboard?

Why is the person standing so close to the deer? (If it’s crazy enough to go swimming in the ocean, no telling what it might do to a bystander).

Hey sharks, what gives? Taking the day off?

If the video kept running, would we see three hunting dogs emerge from the surf in the same spot?

Wasn’t ‘Surfing Deer’ the original name of the Lone Ranger’s sidekick?

Note: deer kept his wallet and keys hidden in his shoes on the beach.


  1. lewp - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Small world.

    Back in 1971 I took basic training at an Army base called Fort Ord, in the Monterey and Salinas area.
    I could talk all day about my basic training there…the place was absolutely fabulous. I loved heading in to Salinas and checking out the scene there. We Texans always sort of found it funny the Salinas cowboys there would bow up and act like cowboys do…and we just laughed because that’s what we were used to seeing. I remember running in the sand combat boots…and after a 4 mile run, just lay out on a spongy plant called “icicle” plants.. it was like laying on sponge rubber…aaaahhhh. Nice! One day, me and my buddies were going to the matinee show on-post..the sun was bright and shining when we went in…when we came out it was so foggy, could only see about 5 feet in front of us….I had a blast there. I understand they closed the ol fort down…not sure what it’s used for now. I qualified as an expert marksman by firing rounds out in to the Pacific Ocean.

  2. specopscowboy - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Deer can swim, but I don’t expect a yankee news anchor in new york to know that since you are too upity and stuck up to go out into the wild…