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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Open Water Swimming With Hammerheads
The silver bodies of hundreds of hammerhead sharks circled below the swimmer and his two escort boats, each manned with look-outs stationed at the bow and stern. It was more than a bit disconcerting for everyone, but the distance between the sharks and the swimmer provided a visible barrier in the crystal-clear waters. Silently and gracefully moving in natural habitat, the hammerheads majestically roamed their territory, seemingly oblivious to the swimmer churning above on the surface of the azul sea.
But their silhouettes were eerily apparent for scary moments throughout the marathon swim.
Along with schools of barracuda and tuna, turtles galore were also seen gently gliding below the swimmer throughout the 7 hour 8 minute 29 km circumnavigation. With tricky currents throughout, there was much to navigate along the coastline as the scenery below the water's surface is spectacular with numerous oddly-shaped caverns, caves and rock formations.
Getting to Yonaguni Island requires a flight to a major airport in Japan and then another flight to Naha, the capital city of Okinawa.
From there, a boat or a flight on small aircraft can put the interested vacationer, swimmer or diver on a jewel of an island with locals to hospitable and knowledgeable as to make any stay a memory of a lifetime.
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
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