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A: Here are some adaptations that make the loon an expert diver:

- Its legs and feet are located at the rear of their body helping to propel them underwater
- Dense, solid bones that increase their body weight
- Contracting their feathers to expel air pockets under their plumes
- Rapid exhalations to expel air from their lungs

Of course, practice makes perfect. With a little help from a patient teacher, this baby loon is ready to take the plunge:

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