Courtesy of Great Big Story, Worldwide.

I love the sound of the whales,” says Anuar Patjane, a National Geographic award-winning photographer from Mexico. “When you are nearby, your whole body resonates. It is powerful. This is as beautiful as seeing them.

That is exactly what many open water swimmers – and their support crews – around the world – from the Molokai Channel to the Strait of Gibraltar – have experienced during their channel swims, marathon swims, and offshore ocean swims.

May others be so fortunate.

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