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EUROPEAN LOBSTER

Illustration by Alice Goodridge

Outrageously blue, it was hard to miss a beached lobster (Homarus gammarus) I saw while walking my dog. I picked it up and dashed between breakers to put it back in the sea. After a moment of satisfaction about animal rescue I regretted it. Beautiful fresh lobster handed to me by Neptune and I gave it back.

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All the latest news from Outdoor Swimmer Towers!
EDITOR’S CHOICE
OPEN WATER NEWS ROUND-UP
Gilly McArthur is an passionate ice swimmer and rock climber. She lives in the Lake District and can be found for club commissions/ enamel mugs and individual illustrations on Instagram @gillymcarthur – no website as she prefers to talk on the phone, and she can’t draw real animals!
Forty years ago, Julie Bradshaw MBE swam the English Channel at the age of 15. Her subsequent 20 world record swims include a 4-way Windermere solo swim, a butterfly solo swim of the English Channel and the fastest person to circumnavigate the 28.5 mile course around Manhattan Island swimming butterfly.
STAR LETTER Birthday Bodysurfing!
Send your swim snaps to editor@outdoorswimmer.com
Simon Griffiths extols the virtues of neoprene
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SwimTrek founder Simon Murie reports from Bali
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Ella Foote meets campaigning children’s book author Ellie Jackson
Pete Kelly takes a group of swimmers from a mental health charity for their first cold water swim
A return to swimming inspired a new career for artist Andrea Hall
Features
Anna Deacon celebrates the wild swimmers that inspired new book Taking the Plunge
Ella Foote meets Tiffany Francis-Baker, author of new book Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night
Though you might not know their names, they helped advance marathon swimming in its earliest days. By Elaine K Howley
Excel
Our resident Olympian answers your swimming questions
Olympic open water swimming silver medallist Keri-anne Payne explains how to plan your training schedule to achieve your goals
Author William Thomson explores what makes the wind and how it affects swimming conditions.
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Why you really should try a winter swimming competition. By Jonathan Cowie
Events
Simon Griffiths took on Sweden’s longest swim
Teamwork makes the swimrun dream work, says Jude Palmer
Ella Foote joins volunteers, trustees and lido supporters at the second ever Lido Conference
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