This week, while riding the ferry across the Saco River to campus, I heard my second amazing swimming grey squirrel story that must be shared. In this case a squirrel was out on a buoy and 50m from the wood edge. The boat captain thought the squirrel was stuck there–presumable out in the mud flat at low tide. He pulled up next to the buoy and tried to grab the squirrel with a net. It had different plans–jumped into the water and swam to shore on its own. A few things to note. First, this the mouth of the Saco and tides are STRONG. Second, this water is really salty.
In a related story, a guy who boats on the Androscoggin River, downstream of the dam in Brunswick once followed a grey squirrel as it swam entirely across the river. This is no small brook–commonly 300-400m wide.
The moral of the story–never doubt the grey squirrel!