Wild swimming & wildlife

Swim outdoors and you’ll encounter wildlife.  Creatures and plants inhabiting the water are one of the most distinctive differences between swimming outdoors and swimming indoors. They can be a source of delight and sometimes a worry.   I write a column for Outdoor Swimmer on wildlife for swimmers, exploring what to look out for, where to look for it and how to enjoy it. Illustrations are created by Alice Goodridge, a swimmer who is also a talented artist.

   

Atlantic Salmon

Grey Seals

Ambergris

Cuvie Kelp

By-the-wind-sailor

Pike

Sea Hares

Mayflies

Orca

Lesser Weever Fish

Yellow Waterlily

Daubenton’s bat