Great swimming conditions again today, I couldn’t be happier; instead of easing myself down slowly into the water from the side of the boat like I always did, I jumped off from the deck, making a horrible landing but I enjoyed it.
I started the day with Maks in the kayak pacing me. Our Torqeedo engines are not repaired yet but Ty contacted our good friends at Torqeedo and they have been very responsive and working on a solution (thank you Jim!).
Maks voice took me out off my meditative swimming state and I heard him shout: “Ben, whales!” They were about 30 meters in front of us. I could only see the fins, I tried to look underwater but couldn’t see them either. I swam toward them hoping I could get closer but unfortunately they were moving away from us and it was impossible for me to catch with them. Seeker and the crew were nearby and able to count 8 of them, they were apparently short fin pilot whales.
Maks made few stops along the way to collect some trash; few plastic wraps, a plastic flip flap, a large piece of polystyrene, a plastic cone and a small plastic container under which I found two different types of fish. The fish were bigger than the container!
After about 6 hours of swimming, Lauren switched with Maks for the last 2 hours.
When I got back on Seeker, Joe was in the galley cooking for us, it smelled delicious. We had corn, sautéed potatoes with onions, refried bean, and spam prepared with paprika and other spices…this was very tasty. Well, I have to admit that after 8 hours of swimming I can eat about anything.