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Old 08-23-2010
cynthiam cynthiam is offline
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Default Critters in OW

Hi all,

This is a general query about critters in OW, sparked by my sighting today of a sea lion about 20 or so feet/~7m away from me. I looked at it and then I turned to my left and swam away. After a few strokes I looked back but could no longer see it.

So far my OW swimming has been in one location. When I go to swim somewhere else, I would prepare by finding out something about what lives in those waters.

I would prefer to not disturb critters or to engage with them while I'm out there swimming. If I know they're there, I might be able to avoid them. But what about when an animal is nearby unexpectedly? Does the best reaction depend on what kind of critter it is?

Does anyone have any experiences or advice to share?

Thanks, Cynthia
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