Getting To The Bottom Of Declaring Marine Protected Areas - Lewis Pugh's Five Swims In Antarctica For 1 Reason

Getting To The Bottom Of Declaring Marine Protected Areas – Lewis Pugh’s Five Swims In Antarctica For 1 Reason

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This morning, Lewis Pugh announced his upcoming expedition with Eamonn Holmes, the television anchor of @SkyNews Sunrise.

It will be an extraordinary feat. His Five Swims in Antarctica for 1 Reason is a series of 5 open water swims in Antarctica.

As a follow-up to his successful Seven Swims In The Seven Seas For 1 Reason, a summer time series of marathon swims in the warm waters of the Seven Seas (Mediterranean Sea + Adriatic Sea + Aegean Sea + Black Sea + Red Sea + Arabian Sea + North Sea), he is heading to the bottom of Planet Earth to do another series of unprecedented swims in order to put Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda.

The purpose of The Five Swims in Antarctica for 1 Reason is to have Antarctica’s Ross Sea declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Ross Sea is referred to as a Polar Garden of Eden.

Pugh’s 5 extremely tough 1 km swims in waters between -1.7ºC and 0ºC (28.9ºF and 32ºF) where he may encounter orcas, leopard seas and colossal squid are as follows:

1st Swim: February 13th – Campbell Island at 52º South
2nd Swim: February 19th – Cape Adare at 71º South
3rd Swim: February 22nd – Cape Evans at 77.6º South
4th Swim: February 28th – Bay of Whales at 78.5º South
5th Swim: March 7th – Peter 1 Island at 69º South

To recover quickly from these five 1 km extremely cold water swims within 22 days will be an extraordinarily difficult feat. The logistics are also significant impediments to success, especially given all the movement and media interviews Pugh will give between the swims. But Pugh has always surrounded himself with a rare operational team that handles the details and contingency plans extremely well, led by Major-General Timothy Patrick Toyne Sewell. Yet the inherent risk of swimming in water below 0ºC is significant. “A little fear is necessary,” writes Pugh. “It forces me to prepare throughly. And generates heat in my body.”

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Steven Munatones