Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

I’ve done it for the Fatherland,” said Ersin Aydin [shown above in pink shirt with Emre Erdogan], a Turkish who swam in a shark cage from Turkey to Cyprus in 43 hours 20 minutes in 1973.

According to Sports Illustrated, Ersin ate 14 lamb chops, 13 chocolate bars, 20 cheese sandwiches, nearly 8 pounds of peaches, 25 glasses of tea and 3 jars of honey while becoming the first person to swim from Turkey to the island of Cyprus, a total of 60 miles (96 km).

Aydin was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1979 as an Honour Swimmer. After his Cyprus swim, he swam the English Channel twice and in both directions: from France to England in 16 hours 40 minutes in 1975 and from England to France in 13 hours 40 minutes in 1977.

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