What unusual things have you encountered whilst swimming in the sea.

@thea09 (18327)
Greece
June 20, 2009 7:56am CST
We haven't really come across anything strange, just the usual things like small fish, squids, jelly fish and sea urchins around the rocks. I know that further out the local fishermen have encountered seals which are quite happy to steal the catch of the night. What have you come across whilst in the sea?
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@Tiamjr (435)
20 Jun 09
I haven't really come across anything strange in the sea, but when I was walking on the beach one day quite a large number of fish had been washed in by the tide. At first it looked quite beautiful because the sunlight was catching their scales and it looked like an iridescent rainbow in the tide. But it was quite a sad event watching the fish die and get eaten by seagulls. I suppose that is just life.
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@Tiamjr (435)
19 Jul 09
I don't see fish being washed in by the tide all the time, just this once. That is why it stuck in my memory. I still don't know what caused it. Seagulls seem to be everywhere in the UK. Some have also moved inland near lakes. They are very adaptive. Thanks for the best response.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Jul 09
You are most welcome.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
23 Jul 09
Hello thea09 this is checkmail and often had gone to seaside for swimming in the sea water.Usually we go onnce or twice in a year or so, with firends and brothers.We go to the sea water and get some rubber tyres filled with air, for precaution and go as deep as posibble in the sea water.We enjoy swimming there a lot but, the platation beneath the sea water is really too rough and hard in nature, it hurts badly.When i came out of sea water my chest and back was sore red after hitting the plantation inthe seawater.Else never had any surprising adventure.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Jul 09
Hi checkmail, I have never heard of this before, here in some places it can be a bit stony near the beach and one can stub ones toe but that's about it,but never heard of running into stuff that hurts in the actual water. It sounds as though it must hit you suddenly even in the deeper waters. Still it sounds fun with the types, here we sometimes just use flat floats to hold onto which are like a small board, they are good to hold onto when you're out of your depth.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I once caught a very large stingray while fishing. I thought it was a fish but it was not. It was an eye opener seeing that big creature and thankfully, I had help to let him go.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
23 Jul 09
Hi eaforeman, I really thought that a stingray was a fish but a type that was unpleasant to eat. So I ask the question now, what exactly is a stingray. I don't believe we have them in the sea here but if we do they will have a Greek name which I do not know. If you had reeled it in what would it have done to you?
• United States
24 Jun 09
Well, I have been to the gulf and in the oceanic waters there i have seen dolphins. That is always a treat. But when I went to Jamaica I was snorkeling on te reef and saw some very unusual creatures. I enjoyed the bright colored fish and the jelly fish too. The coolest thing I encountered though was when I left the reef and began swimming back to shore through the deeper waters, I saw a sting ray! That was one of the coolest experiences of my life, swimming there beside the ray!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
3 Jul 09
That's interesting, have seen dolphins following ferry boats across from the mainland to the islands and heard about local fishermen having their boats bumped by seals. I don't swim near jellyfish which seem to congretgate in large groups but sting badly. Maybe one day I'll try snorkelling but never have so far.