Wear White In The Open Water Just To Be Extra Safe

Wear White In The Open Water Just To Be Extra Safe

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Skip Storch knows his fish. Not only from the water’s surface as a marathon swimmer, but also deep below as the inventive entrepreneur of Shu-Fly Tackle & Fly Shop of Nanuet, New York.

There is a reason why bait fish have evolved to have white undersides,” explained Skip. “Looked at from below by their predators, they are harder to see with a white belly, especially against a blue sky. A white belly is a form of camouflage that helps fish and prey blend in with the bright surface water.”

Why is this interesting to open water swimmers and triathletes?

Swimmers who wear black full-body wetsuits are much more readily apparent to apex predators. Against the sky and looked from below, they are more visible and more similar to traditional prey. Most apex predators attack from underneath and the rear. White swimwear diminishes the swimmer’s appearance to have the silhouette of a seal or large fish. There are also other reasons not to wear dark colors. If a swimmer wears a white suit on a marathon swim, they are more visible to their support crew, especially in low-light conditions and at night.”

While the markings and colorings of fish depend on a variety of factors: the depth where the fish eats and hunts for food, its surrounding, its schooling habits and the mating season, humans with neoprene usually have no option what color they appear to predators.

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Steven Munatones