Do seals bite? I wonder, as I beat a hasty retreat, followed by the inquisitive seal, to the safety in numbers of my friends just tentatively entering the cold clear water of the bay. I’d just plunged into the bracing Bristol Channel, swimming fast to try to warm up, when the speckled … More Do seals bite?
It is a strange feeling to be floating on my back halfway across the Solent, 40 metres (131ft) of water below me – Southampton on the horizon in one direction, the Needles in the other. I am ‘Swimming the Solent’ – the stretch of water that separates mainland England from the Isle of Wight. At … More Out at sea: swimming the Solent