I started the day with a scheduled call with Dr. Montel, my psychologist for The Swim. I shared with him the propeller incident and let him know I was ready to go back in the water after a day off. He asked me if I had any anxiety about the incident and the shark, which I didn’t, and after our conversation, I got ready for my day of swimming.
Brian and Mark were on the dinghy. During one of my food breaks, four albatrosses landed beside me. I took it as a welcome back message from them. That was amazing to be in the water with four wild birds of that size just a few feet away from me. I got a fist-beck bump with two of them. Brian jumped in the water with a GoPro and started filming the when one of them went for a red piece of plastic and tried to eat it. Brian reached out and retrieved a small red plastic basket. A couple of minutes later I spotted two of them going after a white small plastic pouch. I quickly got to it, grabbed it and passed it on to Mark in the dinghy.
I can now better understand why so many albatrosses are found dead with their stomach full of plastic debris. A piece of plastic at the surface of the water stands out and easily get their attention.
The rest of the day was strictly swimming with no other wild encounters.
In the evening, I had another scheduled call. This one was with my older brother, Christophe, Paul’s dad and a reporter from FR3 (a French national TV station). Both of us pushing the envelope in our respective field, Christophe as an ultra runner and me an open water swimmer, the reporter was interested in how we grew up and interacted in our younger age. It was for me a new and refreshing way to talk about The Swim.
Cloudy (could coverage 5/8)
Wind speed: 10 kts
Wind direction: W
Waves height: 1-2m
Waves direction: W
Water temperature: 28.5°C