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Warren
January 19th, 2007, 07:08 PM
Matin Strel is going to atempt to swim the amazon in 70 days. I say he either dies or doesnt finish.

http://www.timedfinals.com/19012007/martin-strel-to-face-ferocious-prey-during-70-day-amazon-swim/#more-892

FindingMyInnerFish
January 20th, 2007, 04:41 PM
True he'll have an escort crew and wear a wetsuit (but in that region, won't he overheat in one of those?). But still.... :eek: No matter how good the cause, what's up with doing something that's almost suicidal to call attention to it? :dunno:

newmastersswimmer
January 20th, 2007, 10:21 PM
the only other person I can think of that would try something so dangerous would be our own resident Swimmy....Only she wouldn't need the special suit and escort...(and she prefers slightly colder water)...LOL!!

Newmastersswimmer

Muppet
January 21st, 2007, 10:46 AM
Lets all hope he doesn't meet his distant relatives from the Capital One commercials.
:dedhorse:
ugi wiiha geui wa ha (what's in your wallet?)

Seagurl51
January 21st, 2007, 01:36 PM
I'm pretty convinced this guy is going to die or at least get eaten up pretty good. I read an article about it on Yahoo! and it mentioned that they were taking buckets of animal blood to draw off flesh eating fish and reptiles. But that to me, depending how they control it, could actually cause more of a frenzy than good. And it probably won't distract all of them from noticing a moving target going past. It also mentioned crocidiles, sharks (most likely Bullsharks, known for attacking people in merky water), other deadly animals(anacondas, jaguars, leopards). He's got a lot working against him on this. Not to mention that part of the river probably has ancient curses put on it by the tribes who used live there....and you have to worry about the tribes who still live there. I'm sure there are tribes that have never seen other people, and I'd be worried about them too. After all you invade their territory , they have a right to defend it. And I can't imagine seeing a boat for the first time, and one that's dumping animal blood, is going to give you a secure non-theartened feeling.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with this swim.........

ALM
January 21st, 2007, 05:36 PM
Here's the Yahoo! article. Note that he has a web site, www.amazonswim.com, that will show live footage of the swim.
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Buckets of blood readied for Amazon swim

By Andrei Khalip
Fri Jan 19, 5:49 PM ET

LIMA (Reuters) - Few would even dare swim the Amazon river bank to bank but Slovenian Martin Strel plans to swim 3,375 miles down the world's greatest river, defying piranhas, snakes, crocodiles and even sharks.

Buckets of animal blood will be loaded onto support boats to distract flesh-eating fish and reptiles during the 52-year-old's 70-day odyssey -- which would break his own world length record for a swim.

Strel starts on February 1 in Peru's jungle town of Atalaya and hopes to finish on Brazil's Atlantic coast on April 11.

Towards the end of his journey "for world peace and environment," Strel will face another challenge -- a tidal bore, or wave, about 13 feet high, known as the Pororoca.

"It is very dangerous. It is great for surfing but it's bad for swimmers," Strel told Reuters in a telephone interview from Slovenia, where the holder of various Guinness Book records for swimming the Danube in Europe, the Mississippi in the United States and the Yangtze in China, is preparing for his swim.

This journey down the world's most voluminous river will be nearly 1,500 km (930 miles) longer than the Yangtze swim -- his current world record set in 2004.

"Yangtze is a very dangerous river for swimmers, but the Amazon is also home to some of the most poisonous and dangerous and ferocious animals, fish and insects... I'm going to swim that river or die trying. But dying is not my intention."

He says on his Web site that he has "a dream" -- proving to the world that nothing is impossible and that the world can one day live in peace.

"I've always been swimming for peace and friendship. I decided to dedicate the Amazon swim also to the preservation of the rain forest and clean waters," he said.

Strel will keep the surrounding water as clean as possible during his journey. Urinating in the water can attract the feared candiru, or toothpick fish, that likes to swim into body orifices, erect a spine and start feeding on blood and tissue.

A wetsuit and a special cream should protect him from these, as well as electric eels and snakes. There are still fresh-water stingrays, vicious piranhas and aggressive bull sharks, which travel far up the river from the Atlantic.

"My escort boats will carry all the time buckets of fresh blood to pour in the water in case the piranhas or other fish attack me," Strel said with a thick Slovenian accent.

A team of around 20 people, including doctors and river guides from Europe, the United States and Latin America will escort Strel in three boats, including the main boat once used by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The expedition costs over $1 million (507,000 pounds) and relies on sponsors.

Strel plans to swim for 11-12 hours a day, resting on the boat at night. "I'll sleep around 3-4 hours, then it's massage, doctors working on pains and so on," Strel said.

The feat will be broadcast live over the Internet (www.amazonswim.com) and California-based firm Self Pictures will shoot a documentary called "Big River Man."

Born in the former communist Yugoslavia, Strel became a professional marathon swimmer in 1978. "As a young boy I was beaten a lot by my parents and schoolmasters. This no doubt contributed greatly to my ability to ignore pain and endure," he says on his Web site.
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ensignada
January 21st, 2007, 08:16 PM
Strel will keep the surrounding water as clean as possible during his journey. Urinating in the water can attract the feared candiru, or toothpick fish, that likes to swim into body orifices, erect a spine and start feeding on blood and tissue.

Just the thought...:eek:

FindingMyInnerFish
January 22nd, 2007, 07:44 AM
Just the thought...:eek:

Yeah, really... WHY??

But hence the need for the wetsuit, I assume... tho I'm thinking full-body armor might be the thing... oh wait, that could cause some buoyancy problems. Oh well... :shakeshead:

Swimmy
January 22nd, 2007, 09:00 PM
the only other person I can think of that would try something so dangerous would be our own resident Swimmy....Only she wouldn't need the special suit and escort...(and she prefers slightly colder water)...LOL!!

Newmastersswimmer


Jim,
I am not that crazy! Not into pirahnas! Kyra should do it!
Swimmy:)

Seagurl51
January 22nd, 2007, 09:44 PM
Jim,
I am not that crazy! Not into pirahnas! Kyra should do it!
Swimmy:)

Because I love fish so much!! Throw in snakes that are at least twice as big as I am and I'm totally sold.

shark
February 2nd, 2007, 09:08 AM
Martin Strel began his swim yesterday with over 100km. They saw an alligator, dolphin and natives. Get the podcast at amazonswim.com

SwimStud
February 2nd, 2007, 09:47 AM
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1249926,00.html


Story

Ivor
February 2nd, 2007, 10:44 AM
Our club pool is not exactly clean but at least we don't have any of these (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candir%C3%BA) swimming in there with us.

I agree with Warren - he either dies or doesn't finish.

fanstone
February 2nd, 2007, 02:19 PM
As usual, there is the media exaggeration, and/or the exaggeration of the person himself. There are piranha fish, mostly on some affluents of the Amazon. The piranhas don't attack people, only in the movies. Or if you were bleeding badly. I have been in a river swimming, taking a bath, while downriver about 20 feet a guy actually was fishing for piranha to use as bait. This was on a fishing trip in the Araguaia River, about 600 miles from where I live. I've also been in water with sharks in the Galapagos, nothing to it. Snorkeling along, trying to see sharks or sting or manta rays (yeah, the one that killed the crocodile guy). Shark attacks are rare. They happen when they are baited (with blood and other stuff) for tourist to watch in cages, or when they confuse the surfer with some fish and take a bite. Piranha attacks are also rare. Anaconda and alligators, what are the chances? You gotta pay expensively for a guide to try and find you some of those for you to see. Pororoca exists mostly in some other rivers north of the amazon river where they create the never ending wave which surfers go on for half an hour or more. These are specific in certain months (not now) and certain moons. In true life there is a tidal current into the Amazon and then out just like in the Mississippi at its Delta. Except at the Amazon everything is much larger. The river itself goes into the ocean without mixing for about 80 miles. I read that and then I saw it from an airplane en route from Cayenne to Belem. All the indian tribes on the Amazon from Peru all the way down have been "met" by the "white people" and are "pacified". Here is what I believe will be the dangers: debris, big logs moving along, getting lost from your lead boat, getting eaten by flies (use a good protector) and so forth. This guy has swum the Mississippi, the Danube and other smaller rivers. When swimming for long hours the wet suit is necessary because of the loss of body heat. Unless the water is warmer than 36 centigrade, which would happen if you were in a hot tub or at a hot springs resort. Good swimming, billy fanstone

FindingMyInnerFish
February 2nd, 2007, 09:36 PM
Well, seems he doesn't have to go to the Amazon to find piranhas:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-12994596,00.html

Billy's point well taken. The man seems to have done very long, ambitious swims in the past, and I wish him safety and success.... but I also have to admit, I'm still finding the "toothpick fish" idea not a compelling argument for undertaking this Amazon swim. ;)

That said, if he pulls it off, whatever the wildlife he encounters, it'll be a great story!

fanstone
February 3rd, 2007, 10:47 AM
The candiru would enter your body through your urethra or other orifices. Using a wet suit will fix that. In fact, not swimming naked will fix that.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/000519.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candir%C3%BA

Take care, billy fanstone

Betsy
February 3rd, 2007, 12:19 PM
I heard a story about this on NPR this morning.
The report said he was pretty large for a swimmer, but would lose up to 50 lbs by the time he finished.
I can't remember what the drink is (beer or liquor), but he will have a drink each day. A clip was played of him saying something like "You have to be a little drunk to do a swim like this."

Warren
February 3rd, 2007, 03:30 PM
why arnt they brodcasting it like they said there were going to?

Muppet
February 3rd, 2007, 10:07 PM
why arnt they brodcasting it like they said there were going to?

It may have gotten too gorey for broadcast.:dedhorse:

ensignada
March 2nd, 2007, 09:34 PM
If anyone is interested, here's his blog for BBC (you can e-mail him a question, if you like...)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/6389845.stm