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Death From the Deep
“The same water than can kill you, drown you, give
you hyperthermia is still capable of helping you to
As a youngster, on the first day of summer, I
remember being at Alki Beach, across the width
of Elliott Bay from the Seattle skyline. Often it was
quite warm, in the 80’s--but Puget Sound is a
kissing cousin, and is connected to the Pacific
Ocean 100 miles to the west; all salt water, and
never much over 45 degrees. While swimming in it
your lips turn numb and blue within 15 minutes. They
say that on the hottest day in August, if you happen
to fall off a Super Ferry, you will have about thirty
minutes before hypothermia will kill you.
Our myriad of lakes is more manageable, the water
temperature is in the 50’s. We are a hardy bunch up
in the Northwest. Your body can adjust to lake water,
and you can stay in it for a lot longer--and if you are
lucky, there aren’t a lot of ducks around, and you can
avoid swimmer’s itch. If you are brave enough to swim
in our many rivers, prepare for a quick dip, for the water
is coming off glaciers.
To be an Orca
for a day would be fantastic,
slicing through the Sound.
Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub