Atina Bojadži, The Ohrid Dolphin

Courtesy of WOWSA, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia.

Lake Ohrid is a lake nestled between the mountainous borders of North Macedonia and eastern Albania. A deep lake with a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species, it is also near the birthplace of Atina Bojadži (Macedonian: Атина Бојаџи).

Bojadži passed away in 2010 and was known as the Ohrid Dolphin. A swimmer from Macedonian Yugoslavia, she had a 1977 movie made about her 13 hour 20 minute English Channel crossing in 1969 and was later honored her after Macedonia declared its independence in 1991.

She won the 1962 30 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon and won the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli and was a fixture on the professional marathon swimming circuit for years in the 1960s.

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