What Do A Band-Aid, Plastic Bag, And Balloon Have In Common? I Saw All Three In My 3.3km Swim Across The Strait Of Messina
Huffington Post - 5 months
Photo by William Winram + Lukas Lukas Müller
Just a few short months ago on World Oceans Day, Sir Richard Branson challenged me to swim 3.3km in open water across the Strait of Messina to raise awareness for the health of our ocean.
Though I am an avid scuba diver, before World Ocean Day I had never swam long distances in open water and was unsure of my ability to complete this public challenge. But on behalf of the Lonely Whale Foundation and our ocean, I accepted.
My journey to train for the swim took me to oceans, lakes, and streams across the globe, exposing me to the dire ocean health issues that are in our hands to solve. From Biloxi Mississippi, one of the world's largest dead zones, to the Port of Singapore, the world's second largest, I've experienced first hand how the lack of connection to our oceans has impeded our ability to care for them. So this morning when I arrived at the Strait of Messina, mythicized in the Odyssey for its treacherous waters, I was inspi
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