In 2011, I joined a group of 12 swimmers, five boats, and the Coastguard Auxilliary at Sechelt, BC to swim across Georgia Straight to Nanaimo. The swim is held each August in support of protecting the fragile ecosystems of the Salish Sea.
My memory of the swim includes being accompanied by sea birds, harbour seals, and even a far-off sea lion who is well known to the boaters in the area. We also encountered lions mane jellyfish. But what really stuck out for me was the purity and clarity of the waters of Georgia Straight. Experiencing the open waters of the Straight so directly made me realize how important it is for us to ensure these waters are never tarnished by crude oil or other major pollutants from industrial activity.