How do coconuts swim?

The coconut palm, or coconut tree, grows in many tropical areas of the world, including the coastal regions of Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. When the tree is four or five years old, it begins to produce male and female flowers, followed by nuts. The coconuts reach full size in about six months and, as they mature, drop from trees. The fallen coconuts, which are light and able to float, get scooped up by waves. The ocean currents carry the “sea-beans” across oceans, until they land on another shore, ready to sprout new trees. Scientists believe this why coconut trees appear in so many faraway regions of the world.


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