Swim Start Time 23:06
December 21 2020
Charity AWARE NI
Swim Distance 1.36km
Quite small and chaotic tonight and I changed the route a little bit. Relatively straight forward tonight. I skipped Friday and Saturday night and last night there was a seal pup on the beach! I walked all the way to the pier in the dark in my suit and I was about 100 yards away from the pier near a big washed up tree. You may have seen this tree. Well there was a seal pup at the edge of the water near there. I first of all walked by because I thought it was seaweed until I saw it move! I didn't want to disturb it or have its mother attack me in the dark so I walked back a bit. I then waded into the water up to my knees, the surf was small and clean. I pondered if I should swim or not and decided it wouldn't be fair as it might worry the mother and turn into a nightmare. So still in my suit I walked back and drove home!
Thank you for reading this far! Please if you have a few spare quid use it to help the charity AWARE NI via the link here.... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/al-mennie
Info - I am swimming a total of 100km through the darkness, in the darkest and coldest months of the year off the North Coast of Ireland. My aim...to inspire those who may be struggling in dark times to keep going. I also aim to raise awareness and funds for the depression Charity Aware NI. We all face dark times in life at some point and it can be extremely overwhelming.
Safety - Please don't think that because I am doing this that you too should do this or something similar. I am very experienced in the sea with knowledge that is only gained through many years of exposure to the sea in all her moods. I have a safety and location system in place including continual contact with people on land every time I swim.