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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Ancient Seven Seas And 1 Modern Mariner

Photos courtesy of Kelvin Trautman. Article courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In Greek and Roman times, the Seven Seas referred to the seas that circled the ancient world. They were the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Seas, and are now among the most polluted and overfished bodies of water in the world.

"When I was a young boy I remember the fish cart coming past our house in Malta," says International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer and United Nations Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh. "The fisherman shouted out ‘Tuna, lampuki, swordfish” but now over 95% of tuna have been taken out of the Mediterranean."

The Original Seven Seas
1. North Sea
2. Mediterranean Sea
3. Adriatic Sea
4. Aegean Sea
5. Black Sea
6. Red Sea
7. Arabian Sea

If world history started in contemporary times in the 21st century, what seas would be included where modern open water swimmers ply their trade? Here is one suggestion:

Modern Seas for Contemporary Open Water Swimmers
1. North Sea
2. Mediterranean Sea
3. Adriatic Sea
4. Aegean Sea
5. Black Sea
6. Red Sea
7. East China Sea
8. Caribbean Sea
9. Tasman Sea
10. Pacific Ocean
11. Atlantic Ocean
12. Southern Ocean
13. Indian Ocean

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Lewis Pugh is a throwback in time. As he addresses contemporary issues, he acts like an adventurer of old. He will attempt a series of marathon swims in the original Seven Seas during August in an attempt to put Marine Protected Areas on the political agenda.

Pugh will undertake a marathon swim in each of the Seven Seas (see map below):

* 10 km in the Mediterranean Sea: in Monte Carlo, Monaco (August 7-9 window)
* 15 km in the Adriatic Sea: in Zadar, Croatia (August 10-13 window)
* 10 km in the Aegean Sea: in Athens, Greece (August 14-16 window)
* 40 km in the Black Sea: in Istanbul, Turkey (August 17-19 window)
* 15 km in the Red Sea: Aqaba, Jordan (August 20-22 window)
* 10 km in the Arabian Sea: Rass Al Hadd, Oman (August 23-26)
* 100 km stage swim in the North Sea: London, United Kingdom (August 27-29)

Additional articles on the Seven Swims In The Seven Seas For 1 Reason are here:

* MPA: Marvelously Productive Activity, 7 Swims In 7 Seas
* Seven Swims In The Seven Seas - 1 Reason, 1 Down
* Seven Swims In The Seven Seas - 1 Reason, 2 Down
* Seven Swims In The Seven Seas - 1 Reason, 6 Down
* Seven Swims In The Seven Seas For 1 Reason
* The Heavy Demands On Land Along The Seven Seas
* Going Solo Needs Teamwork
* The Sights And Sounds And Swims Of The Seven Seas
* Marine Life Nowhere To Be Seen
* 20 People Who Uplifted Open Water Swimming

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