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Agulhas Current

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The course of the warm Agulhas Current runs along the east coast of South Africa that is formed by the confluence of the warm Mozambique and East Madagascar Currents, which meet southwest of Madagascar

noun - The Agulhas Current is the western boundary current of the southwest Indian Ocean. It flows down the east coast of Africa from 27°S to 40°S. It is narrow, swift and strong. It is even suggested that the Agulhas is the largest western boundary current in the world ocean, with an estimated net transport of 70 Sverdrups (Sv, millions m3/s), as western boundary currents at comparable latitudes transport less — Brazil Current (16.2 Sv), Gulf Stream (34 Sv), Kuroshio (42 Sv).

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The Great Shark Swim was a planned 100 km charity swim organised by Madswimmer along the Agulhas Current in South Africa with an estimated finish time of 8-10 hours. Twelve swimmers will start near the Port Shepstone Coast, 10 km in from the eastern shoreline, and end at Mbotyi, Eastern Cape in South Africa. The current at the start moves at 9 km per hour. With an average swim speed of 3.3 km per hour, the total swim speed is expected to be 12.3 km per hour, which means the pod of 12 open water swimmers will complete the 100 km course in over 8 hours. The charity swim aims to raise money for the 10 selected Madswimmer charities and create awareness of shark and ray species such as blue sharks, mako sharks, dusky sharks, and bronze whaler sharks that are targeted in long-line fishing gear set across the Agulhas Current, and smaller shark and ray species that are caught as bycatch in trawl fisheries. The primary swim window is 1-3 December 2017, the secondary swim window is 8-10 December 2017 (weather dependent).

Great Shark Swim[edit]


The Great Shark Swim was a planned 100 km charity swim organised by Madswimmer along the Agulhas Current along the KwaZulu Natal Coast in South Africa. The team stopped after 28.24 km and 9 hours 3 minutes due to stings by blue bottles on 2 December 2017.

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