Monday, January 5, 2009

53-Year-Old Swims With The Fishes

NORTH SAANICH, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A 53-year-old Canadian woman is swimming the seas, and avoiding jellyfish at all costs.

On January 17, Renate Herberger will be spreading awareness for ocean protection by swimming from Punta Burica, Panama, to Bahia Salinas, Nicaragua, a distance of 621 miles.

Herberger isn’t worried about cold temperatures, fatigue, or even sharks during her swim.

She admits, “The real risk is jellyfish. I meet them everyday when I swim. When they sting it hurts like hell.”

Dressed in an old dance leotard, Herberger swims what she calls “ferocious currents,” but assures that getting into the water feels like she’s “gone to heaven.”

And she won’t get bored while stroking away at the waves.

She explains, “I’ll go into a dream space, send prayers, and send love and healing to the sea and to people.”

Herberger admits that she would “love to learn how to telepathically communicate with whales” so she can have company on her swims.

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