The bold pink cappers who made it to the swim today on another wet and rather dreary day were rewarded with the return of Silky the lone dolphin!!! She swam with The Drinks Express at 6.30am and again with the 7amers! I was lucky enough to swim with Silky on 3 different days in January and so was so excited to hear she was back today! You never know what you are going to get in Cabbage Tree Bay, but you have to 'Show Up' to see it!
For those of you that don't know Silky's story. .. She lived and played happily in Sussex Inlet and got used to people and families. However, 'the authorities' believed she needed to be with other dolphins, so sedated her, put her on a boat and released her to a pod of dolphins near Sydney. She played with them for half an hour and then went off seeking humans again. She has been recorded swimming with surfers at Dee Why, playing with swimmers at Palm Beach but we all know that her favourite place is Cabbage Tree Bay with us swimmers!
A happy, bright bunch of Booty Campers at 6.45am!
Whatever the weather, still utterly gorgeous in our favourite corner...
This lovely lot look even happier soon when Sterling and The Drinks Express come in with news that Silky swam with them at The Point and at Shelly!As Drinky pointed out she is looking really healthy too even though her behaviour is different from other dolphins (who like to be with pods of dolphins rather than swimmers!)
Katrina is joined by her daughter Tessa this morning. What a great morning to choose Tessa!
A few waves to get through today but nothing too scary. Great to get back in from the beach after the wild conditions of the last few days sent most of us from Fairy Bower.
I am beside myself with excitement as we head out. I know from past experience Silky often makes an appearance at The Point and again at Shelly!
And she did!
She came right up in the middle of this group of swimmers. She really gets up close. There's no leaving a 'respectful distance' with Silky she just loves human contact!Please feel free to post your comments about swimming with Silky on blog comments below!
It's Mel's 20th Winter swim!
Just as the 'Let's Go' was shouted, Silky appeared again! The photos aren't that clear as the water was quite murky but you can see how amazing it is to watch her as she turns upside down, chases fish and tries to come close for a stroke.
I don't like to boast but I have a feeling Silky recognises my voice as i called 'Silky, Silky' a couple of times and she appeard! (Move over 'Dolphin Whisperer Shady Shauny!!)
Just a few of the photos I took off Silky back in January when the water was clearer!
Just a couple of interesting clips below I preloaded yesterday when I thought I'd be pushed for what to write about today!
Do you know we have been really lucky this year in that we haven't had many jimbles or blue bottle stings. Other years have been shockers.
Watch microscopic evidence of a jelly fish firing it's venom
Interesting article where swimmers explain what to do if you come across a shark swimming. Bikinis are a much better deterrent than a wetsuit apparently our www's will be pleased to hear!
Winter Badge season – 233 already qualified.
There are 80 swimmers who can also qualify with just a couple more swims! Check out the stats from the attendance page. The badge ceremony is being held straight after the swim on 21 September at the Royal Far West.
Log your swim ANYTIME of day using the B&B i-Log. This is the best and easiest way to ensure your swims are recorded in the daily attendance and on the Pacific Challenge. To get started, send an email to Ian Forster email@example.com (This is not a link so please copy and paste into your email). He will check that your email address is activated on the attendance register then send you info on how to set up your log in.
Are you prepared for the return of the surf? Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, click here.
Temp: 16.8 degrees
Sunrise: 6.27 am
Sunset: 5.28 pm
Have a great Wednesday everyone!