Hundreds of open water swimming adventurers are in the midst of crossing channels and lakes in solo and relay attempts throughout the Northern Hemisphere's summer months. Many individuals not only undertake the physical and mental challenge of a marathon swim, but also attempt to raise money on behalf of a variety of issues or charities.
Dave Galli is one such individual. He successfully crossed the 21-mile Catalina Channel this week in 10 hours and 30 minutes while raising funds for ALS Research. His adventure included visits by a whale, pods of dolphins and a lumbering hammerhead shark.
Upper photo show Dave Galli struggling up the rocky coast of Southern California to complete his quest on behalf of the ALS Association. Lower photo shows visiting whale.