Ocean Salinity Around the World

EDIT: Yes, this post has been published twice. There was a backend problem on WordPress. Sorry. NASA just released a cool new map of the world’s ocean’s salinity. I wish we could see the North Atlantic in better detail. It’s still early days for this though so there’ll be more to come. I look forward…

The Sea and the coast, it’s about waiting.

Some weeks ago I had an idea for a series of posts that led me to taking more video (with Dee´s video camera). The idea hasn´t worked but I ended up with a lot of video clips as a consequence. At the start I was trying to capture some specifics, and I would talk as…

These sounds …

I swam toward the promontory, passing various unsurfable reefs, the vertical cliffs high and bright in the southerly sun, reminiscent of Dover and the White Cliffs, except red and ochre, and my own. About three-quarters of the way down, I stopped to listen. To the sound of swell. You know what waves sound like. But…

960hPA

How To: “What does 965hPA mean?”

Courtesy of another search that brings people here, and following Hurricane Katya last week and the synoptic chart that I linked for it. So we’ve started with that same synoptic chart again. In this chart we have a low pressure area, Hurricane Katya, north west of Ireland, in sea area Rockall, right in the centre at…

Reminded of an old open water fear

The subject of open water fears has come up here and elsewhere occasionally, and I often get asked about dealing with it, whether it’s fear of deep water, jellyfish, cold or sharks. Particularly sharks. And anytime I ever mention sharks, you all go for it like people for whom the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week just…

Crazy water in the English Channel

I’ve watched a lot of water and I’ve been in my share. Heavy waves on Crab Island, 11 metres swell in a cross wind on the west coast, Pacific Beach in San Diego and San Francisco, howling onshores on the north Scottish coast, the North Sea and Cornwall and I live on the Irish South…

Swimming in Europe: Blue Flag locations ranked and mapped

The Guardian published this map a few weeks ago.  According to them it’s “every location”, so of course I went to my usual locations and discover neither Sandycove nor the Guillamene is marked. So this applies only to locations that are entered for the European Blue Flag scheme. But it’s still useful. You’ll have to visit…

This Open Water swimmer’s words

Ocean. Green. Pelagic. Friends. Deep. Tide. Littoral. Headland. Cnidarian. Warm. Crab. Flood. Saline. Surge. Slipway. Gull. Springs. Diverse. Reef. Sand. Cove. Wet. Cetacean. Current. Ecosystem. Island. Clear. Lighthouse. Calm. Dream. Breaker. Dark. Coral. Foam. Neaps. Seal. Turquoise. Bay. Blue. Cape, Solo. Fun. Dive. Sprat. Aquatic. Wild. Thalassic. Swell. Glassy. Fish. Beach. Bio-luminescence. Grease. Offshore. Frigate Bird. Spray. Rock.…

Penny Palfrey and crew CLEARED of shark killing allegations

I’ve been sitting on this news for a few days until it was officially released. So I’ll start with what Steve reports on Daily News of Open Water. The Investigation reported on Facebook (of all places): As organizers of Penny Palfrey’s Bridging the Cayman Islands swim, the Flowers Group launched an investigation into the reports…

Updates continue on the Penny Palfrey story.

If you were interested in the Penny Palfrey story yesterday, then it is important you continue to follow it. I said yesterday I had seen a lot of vitriol thrown online at Penny and crew and I said we needed to wait for the full story. Apparently even that was unacceptable for some, it’s always…

The empty Atlantic

This is the post I’d written for yesterday before the shark-killing post. Famous virologist Jonas Salk (developer of the Polio vaccine) once said that our greatest responsibility was to be a good ancestor. And you’ve probably heard the American First Nation’s belief that the Earth actually belongs to the seventh generation following us. These are…

Alleged shark killing during Penny Palfrey’s Cayman Islands swim

EDIT: updated. EDIT 2: See the results of the investigation here. This may be the biggest subject in OW swimming this week. Here’s a long story about killing of endangered (Oceanic White Tip) sharks during Penny’s swim. Here’s the follow-up with comments from Penny’s husband. Here’s Steve Munatones article on it. I recommend reading the comments…

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” – William Blake About a spoonful of sand taken today from Newtown Cove pier. The small beach is only larger stones, so this sand was water-borne to arrive…

Nightswimming II

It was my first night swim since the EC. Like many sea swimmers I love night-swimming. Just after midnight on Sunday morning, 16 experienced Sandycove Island swimmers took to the water in three groups to do a full lap of the island. The water had been cold in Waterford all week, from 9.5C to 11C. The…

The depths …

It’s essential you click on the picture and look at it at full size. ‘Y’ha-nthlei is deeper than you know’. See here for the original story, important to my lifelong H.P. Lovecraft obsession.

Where would you prefer to swim?

As you bounce around the net, you’ll occasionally encounter images like that on the right. It will be presented as the ideal of clear and clean water. And if you swim in the North Atlantic, you may look at it with longing. Or often its white sand atolls glittering in an azure blue Pacific. Or…

They’re BA-aack!

Yes, our friends the jellyfish have returned. The other day I saw Common (aka Moon ), Compass (pictured) and Blue Stingers. The Common (Moon, below) is completely harmless, but all jellies cause most people to have a small freakout. So knowing when not to be afraid is useful. I mentioned previously about the late spring/early summer arrival,…