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Seal Beach Sea Monkeys

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初泳ぎ or hatsu-oyogi, the first open water swim of the calendar year, in Seal Beach, California with the Sea Monkeys
Seal Beach Sea Monkeys

The Seal Beach Sea Monkeys of Seal Beach, California have a long and informal history in their friendly seaside community within easy view of Catalina Island and the Queen Mary harbored in neighboring Long Beach. Since the 1970's when famed Lynne Cox and Penny Dean trained from pier and jetty, swimmers from all over Southern California have flocked to the gentle shoreline of Seal Beach. Contemporary swimmers include Hank Wise, Lexie Kelly, Pat West, and Matty Mitchell.

The Sea Monkeys regularly swim at 6 am on Thursdays year-round as part of the Sea Monkey Challenge. Wetsuits are optional, although most of the swimmers tend to swim only with bioprene.

Morning Swim In Seal Beach

by Peter Knapp

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