Bizarre video shows forest floor ‘breathing’

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APPLE RIVER, Nova Scotia– A Canadian man’s video of a strange sight is getting a lot of attention.

Brian Nuttall was walking in Apple River in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Oct. 30 when he noticed the forest floor breathing, CBC News reported.

“The wind was blowing the trees on the hill a few days after the remnants of hurricane Patricia, it was a strong west wind. I walked across a choppins that was logged a few years back. As I entered a patch of trees spared from clear cutting, I noticed the ground moving,” Nuttall wrote on Facebook.

CBC News explained high winds pull on root systems that are detached from their moorings, giving the appearance of breathing.

“I believe the larger trees are doomed to blow down but are currently spared, the smaller trees around them help hold each other up, as the wind pushes the trees into one another. I feel the trees didn’t grow deep strong roots as they wouldn’t be needed when surrounded by a forest, sheltered with strength in numbers unlike a tree found alone in a pasture. The punishing prevailing winds have taken their toll on the side hill, the roots have loosened and the mossy ground from the once shaded forest floor are giving way, soon to be toppled over,” Nuttall said.

The video has been shared more than 93,000 times since Oct. 31.

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