To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 13,715 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Seven Attempts Crossing Through Gate Of Grief From Djibouti To Yemen
Seven completed a 31 km swim from Kalamata to Koroni in Greece in 13 hours across the Messiniakos Gulf (Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf), so the distance across the Bab-el-Mandeb is not the major issue. But venomous and dangerous marine life, giant tankers, and extremely high salinity certainly will be.
Seven will attempt to swim the 29 km (18 miles) between the coasts of Djibouti and Yemen across the Bab-el-Mandeb (Mandab Strait), the strait between the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
In this part of the world, in the southern part of the Red Sea, Seven will face swimming in one of the most saline bodies of water in the world, but also tiger sharks, Grey reef sharks, Titan triggerfish, Yellowmargin triggerfish, giant moray eels, surgeonfish, stonefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, rabbitfish, stingrays, pufferfish, boxfish, soapfish, Portuguese man o war, cone shells, and crown-of-thorns starfish. There will be potential danger in every stroke from shore to shore.
What is the issue with boat traffic? The Bab-el-Mandeb (meaning Gate of Grief in Arabic) is a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, Djibouti and Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa where much of the world's oil is moved daily by tankers. Not only will he have to steer clear of the large tankers, but he will also face strong currents near the coast of Djibouti outside a group of smaller islands known as the Seven Brothers.
What might be some problems with the marine life? The tiger sharks is a relatively large apex predator, capable of attaining a length of over 5m (16 foot) that is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter and second on the list of number of recorded attacks on humans; Grey reef sharks are territorial, aggressive, and have been involved in non-fatal attacks on divers; Titan triggerfish aggressively guards its nest if eggs are present where attacks can be severe and leave wounds requiring stitches; Yellowmargin triggerfish, giant moray eels are occasionally aggressive but most bites result from divers putting a hand into the hole in which the eel lives; surgeonfish have sheathed blades at the base of the tail which can inflict deep wounds; extremely well-camouflaged stonefish have venomous spines on its back that can penetrate shoes and be fatal; lionfish have venomous fin rays that can cause systemic effects such as extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness, redness, headaches, and numbness, and sweating over a period of several days; , scorpionfish have venomous spines that produces venom that may prove fatal; rabbitfish have dorsal, pelvic and anal fins with venomous spines, capable of inflicting painful wounds; stingrays have sharp detachable spines at the base of the tail, capable of causing severe wounds; pufferfish accumulate neurotoxin in their skin and internal organs that is extremely potent and has led to many fatalities; boxfish accumulate tetrodotoxin and are poisonous to eat; soapfish produces a bitter toxin from their skin to deter predators that can cause illness in humans; Portuguese man o war has stinging venom-filled nematocysts in its tentacles that usually cause severe pain, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last 2 or 3 days after the initial sting; cone shells house molluscs which use a venomous harpoon to kill prey as the venom causes paralysis which may lead to death; and the crown-of-thorns starfish are covered in spines which have a venomous sheath. The venom may cause highly painful wounds and even paralysis.
That is certainly enough to enter the Gates of Grief.
Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.