It Is Getting Crazy Out There. Swimmers May Have to Deal with Orcas, Sea Pickles, Lancetfish
Ned Denison and Ger Kennedy – and their ice swimming colleagues from Ireland to South Africa – train year-round in cold-water temperatures and, often, in rough water conditions. Swimming in the open water in Ireland and South Africa directly results in the Irish and South African swimmers becoming some of the most hardened and best acclimatized swimmers in the world to cold water and rough conditions.
While the water conditions in Southern California are not as difficult as in Cork or Cape Town, the local waters seem to be increasingly crowded with different marine life.
In addition to the Great White Sharks that are being increasingly numerous in the shallow coastal waters of Southern California (as documented by The Malibu Artist – see below), there are also an increasingly number of orca, lancetfish, and anglerfish sightings – with the possibility of sea pickles floating along the Pacific coastline [see photo of sea pickles above by Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon].
“That is pretty scary,” said Munatones. “I know humans are not on their menu, but just swimming in the same area as Great White Sharks, orcas that we now know feast on blue whales [that migrate in Southern California waters between May and October], lancetfish, and anglerfish is frankly scary – and now Catalina Channel swimmers may encounter floating sea pickles that can apparently grow to 20 meters. This is Mother Nature’s way to both intrigue me to look down towards the ocean’s depths – and also not look down for fear of what we might see. An orca, a lancetfish, an anglerfish, a sea pickle, a shark? I don’t know which one I would want to encounter least – they are all scary to see far out from shore.”
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