Melanie Junghans took up ocean swimming while recovering from a foot injury a few years ago and now she does charity ocean swim events with Can Too, a non-profit organisation raising money to fund early career cancer researchers. Mel swims regularly as part of an ocean swim community and enjoys the mindset of it and the variety of ocean creatures that she sees.
This conversation was first broadcast on the radio on 2SER 107.3FM
The song featured in this episode is ‘The Swimming Song’ by O’Shea.
The feature photo of Melanie Junghans swimming with her favourite ocean creature, a cuttlefish, was taken at Cabbage Tree Bay by Lara Solomon.
The following underwater photos are by Samantha Guthrie.
Melanie enjoys observing the creatures of the sea during her regular ocean swims throughout the year
Mel says jimbles and bluebottles are the only deterrence for her with ocean swimming
Manly Beach by sunrise
Mel is pictured here at South Steyne Beach, Manly
All of the above images were supplied by Melanie Junghans for use by the Wide Open Air Exchange.
The below image is of a nudibranch, as discussed during this podcast conversation.