It’s been a while since I posted any nightmare fuel for open water swimmers, so I thought I might collect a few of my favourites together.
We’ll start gently. Close encounter with a humpback.
One from years ago on the blog, the frilled shark, aka dragon shark.
Remember Brutus the giant Australian salt-water crocodile?
A subtle one, what is the super predator?
This one is fairly well known, and you know, a bit of a traditional swimmer’s scare.
Remember the conger eels?
A favourite on the Marathon Swimmers Forum, and Game of Thrones, the lamprey, aka the sea vampire.
As anyone who has ever swum into one knows, plastic bags can be surprisingly scary. What if they were alive?
And then of course, there’s this thing, and honestly, I don’t even care what it is.
If only I could stop there. There’s worse though.
None of these are as scary as approaching the second corner at Sandycove during the annual challenge race, and seeing Finbarr Hedderman reach out to grab you. Sharks, jellyfish, Finbarr, crocodiles and eels, all pale in comparison beside the last nightmare, the one thing that unites open water swimmers in fear.