700 Participants in Green Island Open Water Swim Encounter Pleasant Surprise: Underwater Sea Turtles

700 Participants in Green Island Open Water Swim Encounter Pleasant Surprise: Underwater Sea Turtles

The 2023 Green Island Open Water Swim event in Taiwan officially commenced on the 11th of June. With the theme “Let’s Swim in the Sea”. The race covers a distance of 3 kilometers, starting from Zhongliao and returning to Chaikou.

The Green Island Open Water Swim event, organized by the Green Island Township Office, took place on the 11th of June, attracting approximately 700 participants. The event allowed participants to not only engage in sports but also experience the abundant marine resources of Green Island. Some participants were delighted to encounter sea turtles underwater.

Originally scheduled for May 28th, the Green Island Open Water Swim event was postponed due to Typhoon Mawar. After warming up, the swimmers eagerly dove into the water to take on the challenge. Participants expressed their joy at returning to Green Island and participating in the event, especially when they spotted sea turtles during their swim, which was a delightful surprise.

After the competition, Chen Guan-ting won first place in the general category, Chen Song-ru emerged as the champion in the disabled category, and the youngest participant, Wu Pei-ni, who is just 6 years old, secured first place in the senior category.

Mayor Xie Xian-yu stated that the Township Office organized the open water swim event with the aim of promoting water sports, enhancing tourism in Green Island, promoting local cuisine, and raising awareness of environmental protection through advocating for the ocean. They hope that people will collectively cherish the ocean and increase their environmental awareness.

The Green Island Open Water Swim event has been held for 12 years since 2011, allowing people to personally experience the rich marine resources of Green Island and gain knowledge about coral ecology.

With its unique island charm and precious marine resources, Green Island attracts numerous domestic and international tourists each year. In addition to promoting local cuisine, the event venue features a food experience area where visitors can enjoy Green Island fish dumplings, buns, hot spring corn, and more.

Photo credits: Taiwan in Brunei Darussalam

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