Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

After leaving his native England in late September and after three years of planning, training, preparing and fundraising, 38-year-old Ben Hooper is nearing his starting point in Dakar in order to begin the Swim The Big Blue.

Hooper is aiming to stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Brazil over an estimated four months.

His crew will provide a variety of information including the daily distance swum and the distance actually traversed throughout his transatlantic swim.

Hooper, a former police officer, can be tracked here during his journey from Dakar in Senegal to Natal in Brazil. For more information on his adventure, visit www.swimthebigblue.com.

The upper tracking image above shows his escort boat traveling southwards to the start off the west coast of Africa. The second tracking image shows his start relative to his finish in Brazil.

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