Ocean Risks

Some descriptionThe dangers Ben will face as he swims The Atlantic across the Equator are enormous: from the elements of high seas and strong winds to storms and equatorial climes and physically, from hyperthermia and exhaustion to dehydration and mass calorie deficit. Battling them all individually and with the help of his team will be critical whilst relying on an inner strength to dismiss the dangers presented by marine life that he will know are present every time he leaves the security of the support boat. Here, Kristin Privitera-Johnson, has provided just some of the known marine life that Ben may encounter.

Andy's Safety Blog

Andy is part of the Swim The Big Blue team. Andy is an experienced safety team leader and will be joining Ben on his expedition, sharing his vast knowledge and experience of marine predators and risk reduction.

Andy Olday: Born in Newcastle, England. Resident of Key West Florida since 1994.  Andy is the Training & Community Manager for Divers Direct, Key West. He was a member of Diana Nyads 2012 Cuba to Florida swim attempt and Captain of Chloe McCardel's Shark protection and rescue crew in 2013.  A  certified PADI SCUBA instructor  since 1996. Andy has been privileged to teach and dive in many locations around the world. An avid free diver, boater and spear fisherman, Andy  brings years of oceanic experience to the team including multiple shark encounters, First Aid Responder and Videography skills.

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    Great White Shark

    What do they look like? The Great White shark is known to scientists as Carcharodon carcharias.  Natal, the destination point on the coast of Brazil presents an increased risk and frequency of shark attack. To counter a possible shark attack Ben will wear an electromagnetic device which has been shown to be effective in causing discomfort to…

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    Oceanic Whitetip Shark

    The oceanic whitetip shark is known to scientists as Carcharahinus longimanus.  The genus name Carcharahinus comes from the Greek words karcharos, which means sharpen, and rhinos, which means nose. The species name longimanus translates as long fingers.  When you take a look at the morphological, or physical characteristics of an oceanic …

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    Portuguese Man-of-War

    Like many of nature’s creations, the beauty of the Portuguese Man-of-War hides a vicious sting. A regular sight in the warmer waters of The Atlantic, these will be Ben's biggest concern, giving rise to serious deliberation regarding the protection of Ben's body and face, the latter being the most important and most difficult. A jellyfish sti…

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    Ocean Sunfish

    The sunfish, also known as the Mola mola, holds 2 Guinness World Records—one for being the world’s heaviest bony fish and another for the largest number of eggs ever recorded in a vertebrate!  These fish have been shown to grow to a whopping 2,200 pounds (2.2 tonnes) and lay up to 300 million eggs at one time.  Sunfish also ha…

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    Atlantic Sea Nettle

    What do they look like? The center of their dome-shaped bells contains four mouth arms with frilled edges ranging in color from pink to yellow.  The mouth arms bring food up to the mouth, which is the only opening to the digestive system—food comes in and after it’s digested, it leaves from the mouth! Their bells are divided into …