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Shock Encounter With A Shark | Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim: E14

September 1, 2019

[Music] [Music] [Music] so guys after 80 something days I can finally say that we are staring cake rough in the face for those who don’t know that is the top of the country and it feels just amazing to even say that we’re missing a tide today which is rare but also really nice the weather out there is so bad if we went and tried to swim against the tides and the wind and the waves I basically wouldn’t move anywhere so that’s given me the evening off and it sounds strange but I just I just wanted to get snug and I know I’m wearing a coat in bed but I mind I’m sweating a little bit it’s the first time in 80 something days well I’m actually warm and I’m sweating and it’s a luxury but the other thing I wanted to do was a little bit of homework I wanted to sit down look at past swim records and really take stock just because everything we’ve learned up until this point is now irrelevant and that’s because the top of Scotland is it’s just a different beast the waves are different that the temperature is definitely different but the most disheartening thing for me is my speed through the water even that’s different and obviously there’s many factors at play and whether it’s the waves the tides obviously my swimming speed wherever I’m feeling fatigued whether my shoulders are happy with me or sad with me today and but just to give you an idea it was literally a few weeks ago we were gonna pass the honor sky and we set a great British swim speed record Tan’s is gonna make this official GPS had GPS so when the time is right boob and we ready so we got a mile got a bus probably about a half an hour rather be cruising just get nice and warm my seat has and then they complain to sprint and I’m gonna be keeping pace next and monitoring the speedometer and noting down the speed leave my bubbles hat definitely gonna stay on I’m gonna give you a headache ah eat five bubbles let’s do it yeah 3.7 yeah coming down this leg boy weak [Music] hey if you actually look at the progress from my past to swims I mean I’m struggling to make to not I’m really crawling up to the top of Scotland and obviously that’s not good from a strategic point of view because if we don’t get round the top before the winter weather sets in it’s bad news just mentally as well I mean I I thought once we came into Scotland I’d be cruising around the top my beard would be glistening in the Sun saltwater spray everywhere it’s just not happening it’s I am limping like an injured seal just around the top of Kate Roth and we just work loring miles everything we’ve learned has changed it’s no longer two tides a day like clockwork now it’s just like a game of hide-and-seek and and we’re not winning the plan for tonight is homework also as well central your packing away the calories which is why I have a shopping bag for the jelly babies carb-load hydrate also as well as well as the calories as well as the carbs making sure I’m actually taking care of my immune system as well which is why I’m eating anything and everything that is packed with vitamins minerals phytochemicals enzymes anything I can find from the protein works including super green shakes I’m almost I’m like a like a injured feral dog waiting and when the gate opens [Music] the anticipation that coming to this area has been really mixed when you get up into the wilds of Scotland up here it’s really remote you know there’s nothing up here really other than mountains very gnarly Anchorage’s it’s completely exposed to the North Atlantic and in this area particularly around Cape Ross you’re getting away from the shelter of the islands here the Inner Hebrides and out into a zone where you’ve got hundreds actually thousands of miles of ocean earlier in the great British when we had this situation where we could easily go as two times today the weather weather is relatively good let’s go whatever because we know we’ve got somewhere to escape to or it’s calm enough that we can be at sea in evening to it seeing not worrying about it and one of the big differences in the Kate Roth area is that we’re not just looking at putting Ross in whenever he can swim we’re also looking at where are we going to end that swim and is it safe for the boat and crew and Ross to be there [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] sup guys today swim took an interesting turn just because I thought I’d seen everything there was to see around the Great British coast minke whales dolphins different kinds of dolphins different kinds of jellyfish but today Scotland decided to spring a little bit of the surprise on me I say little it was a giant basking shark just boom big belly massive mouth just going about its business I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about sharing the swimming pool with a basking shark the Great British swim is far from over and it’s still gonna spring up so many surprises killer whales Walker’s I wouldn’t be upset if I got all the way back to Margate and didn’t see an orca if I saw it from the boat if I had a hot chocolate that’d be different I’ve been researching it I spoke to many marine biologists and experts what might happen is they might mistake you for a seal that’s the problem when I have my mask on I do look like a seal so I’m trying not to swim like a seal I kind of swim so an Walker probably takes a look at me and knows that’s not a seal that is that’s a strangely shaped swimmer but it’s not seal and he probably doesn’t taste great and that’s that’s my best line of defense right now it’s the killer whales that I’m not I’m not comfortable with at the moment but honor the local fishermen as well and said they’ve seen quite a few and I saw a tweet the other day I think it was a marine conservation Twitter page and he said that a famous old killer whale have been seen just down here I’m just I’m trying what I’m doing I’m thinking my best line of defense is I’m just trying to make myself look as unappetizing as possible and like the beard you know I haven’t showered in in 82 days I can’t imagine anything in the sea is looking at me going I’ll order one of those main course up on that but overall the wildlife so far has been good I just hope my relationship with it stays like that that’s all I want I just want to get to Margate still living in harmony with the sea life thank you guys that’s it about to get ready for what could be the final swim or the wild wild west there is no Scott Lowe genuinely a bit nervous about this one I’m not even gonna lie just hoping that we can sneak around just before mama nature decides to throw a massive storm our way taper off so things cross touch wood this is the last vlog I’ll be making as I’m going north and next time we speak also don’t forget you can track my progress at breadboard co-taught UK / great Bruce whim but for now I’ve got su up it’s time to get to work


  • Reply Dennis August 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I would love to see a video where you explain how you record your swims in the sense of how your team knows where to drop you of and just the general routine of the sailing

  • Reply Sam Dye August 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    You're doing great Ross!

  • Reply Rhys Capon August 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Before watching this video I know it's going to be good!
    Keep it up Ross!

  • Reply Spencer Saunders August 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Keep going Ross! Never give up

  • Reply Jonathan Waller August 30, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    What if you changed the #colour of your #swimsuit would that help you not look like a seal ??????

  • Reply George August 30, 2018 at 4:53 pm


  • Reply James Coldwell August 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Woah he’s so brave

  • Reply Robin - August 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How many strokes per breath do you swim ross? Is it any different over those long distances, than you would normaly?

  • Reply George August 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    mate orcas are notoriously benign toward humans don't worry mate they are very smart

  • Reply Adriano Gomes Cardoso August 30, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Legend português Brazil !!!

  • Reply David Brown August 30, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Rosspower all the way forget Will the slacker keep slaying it #Rhinoneck been here from ep 1 with you all the way too Margate 🌊🏊🏻‍♂️🏅

  • Reply Calum Wilson August 30, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Getting annoyed at sky news pushing their guy who has swam the English channel, I know what he's done is a great achievement but how can they be so brassy while Ross is totally smashing it! That shark has nothing on you he was more afraid!

  • Reply Scott Kendall August 30, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

  • Reply stijndeklerk August 30, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    +1 on having bright stripes on your wetsuite.

  • Reply Adam McLean August 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Looks like a buff british Rey mysterio with that swimming cap on haha

  • Reply Brofessor _ August 30, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    so why not differentiate your swim suit? i'm surprised Red Bull didn't put you in their colors. clearly there aren't any red bull colored seals are there? stay safe out there mate.

  • Reply Dimitri4001 August 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Great work, amazing inspiration thank you. I watch a lot sailing videos and they all say sharks are normally just curious and will say hello, SV DELOS videos they're all divers and watch them dive with sharks on a weekly bases the one thing they do say is not to freak out when you're in the water with them as they sense the elevated heart beat of fear and so to keep calm on carry on.

  • Reply Fendt1237 August 30, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Stay up ross! You’re amazing!

  • Reply Nelson Brenneis August 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    when you're not in the water swimming, is the boat anchored?

  • Reply A P August 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    God speed Rhino neck, god speed

  • Reply Bob Zombie August 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    You’re doing well Ross. I know it’s easy for me to say when I’m sat on dry land but don’t worry about Killer Whales, massive Sharks and Stinging massive Jellyfish 😂😂. 🇬🇧🌊💪

  • Reply Tom Fuller August 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Sharks be scared of you dude!

  • Reply Nate August 30, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve been following those series for 14 weeks. Time goes by when ur having fun I guess

  • Reply Bram Jansen August 30, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    will the boat anchor when you stop swimming?

  • Reply GOTHICforLIFE1 August 30, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Can i ask how things work in the interval where you sleep? Does the boat still keep running? Do you anchor it somewhere? Just curious as to how you measure swim vs boat travel (Not taking anything away from this massive swim) I'm just curious about the technical parts behind it :D?

  • Reply Diego Crispim August 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Amazing work, Ross!! Positive vibes from Brazil!

  • Reply Ejder Qarayev August 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Ross be careful, i am belive for your victory.

  • Reply Michael Thwaites August 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Best of Luck Mr
    Edgley – absolutely Brilliant!!.

  • Reply NUTTY33 3 August 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Do orca see colour? If yes, Fluorescent pink wet suit. Maybe Fluorescent pink wet suit anyway.

  • Reply Justin Pezzolesi August 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a orca with a cup of hot choclate😂

  • Reply Dom Johnson August 30, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Get go faster stripes on your wetsuit, it works on cars. Good look Ross.

  • Reply Guy Rogers August 30, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    The Meg 2. Staring Ross Edgley…

  • Reply MightyMermaid August 30, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, that was close with the shark. I guess there have been even more around which you didn't see ^^

    As far as the whales a concerned, I've heard a story of a diver who saw two huge whales swim towards him. He said he was thinking if they don't see him or make sudden movements that would be it… But they noticed him and just swam peacefully around him! One on the left and one on the right. Maybe this story helps to feel safe. I hope they'll be as friendly with you as they were with him 🙂

    So stay safe and keep swimming 😀 I love to see your videos every week.

    Best wishes from Germany 🙂

  • Reply John son August 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Awes job Ross & crew you guys are kicking ass! #rhinoneck Ross I think you probably have the biggest balls ever getting back in the water after that shark 🤢 I would’ve been literally shaking with fear after that 😰😭 hahaha 😂

  • Reply andyrodger2511 August 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Keep pushing Ross, it'll soon be all down hill 🏊

  • Reply Brady Whalen August 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Huge shark

  • Reply MarceloJnr August 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    This comment will get lost..

  • Reply A McArthur August 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Keep going Ross

  • Reply melphieowns August 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Interesting question to Ross. We always see you doing front crawl in the videos. Do you ever switch up the stoke to breast stoke for example to use other muscles in your body ect.. Love the show keep up the good work.

  • Reply Ichbinein Lauch August 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Absolutely absolut!😁

  • Reply Stefan Taylor August 30, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    That’s got to motivate you to swim faster !!!

  • Reply Liam McLean August 30, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    what was that song in the mini montage at night?

  • Reply Agung Raden August 30, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Just flex your guns, Ross. The shark will know not to mess with you!

  • Reply J. Rizzo August 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Your arms look like they could use another visit from Jeff!

  • Reply Unknown Youtuber August 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I drink a redbull everyday before school XD! I LOVE THEM SO FUCKING MUCH! #Redbull

  • Reply Mr Kakbuhn August 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Get a pink wetsuit so the killer whale knows for certain, you are not his food 😀

  • Reply Brick Powell August 30, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Sharks are scared of rhinos

  • Reply Tiger Linez August 30, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I was wondering when a basking shark would pop up, but killer whales… NO THANKS!!! I didn’t even realise they where present in UK waters.

  • Reply Edigley Alves August 30, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Galera segue lá no instagram, @neymito3, ta top demais, por favor galera

  • Reply WyomingBiking August 30, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Don't give up!! You got this man!!

  • Reply Luke Doyle August 30, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    That’s it I’m done I’m a triathlete and i am never getting in the water again

  • Reply Henry Nunn August 31, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Maybe if u where some fluorescent colours so u look more like a large jellyfish

  • Reply Luckie Lifestyle August 31, 2018 at 12:51 am

    When Clickbait is actually real ahah

  • Reply Callum Hockey August 31, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Surely you could rock a brightly coloured wetsuit to look as unlike a seal as possible. Fluro Pink?

  • Reply dinraal August 31, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Orca's have never attacked humans in the wild…

  • Reply Gavin Dempster August 31, 2018 at 2:02 am

    And he's still swimming!! #RossIsABoss

  • Reply Ricardo O August 31, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Your drive and perseverance are unwavering. As physically fit as you are, you are twice as strong mentally! Truly amazing. Keep pushing mate.

  • Reply ChunkyIguana2 August 31, 2018 at 5:09 am

    At least it's a…… filter feeder?!

  • Reply Justin Daubney August 31, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Keep the faith so inspirational best positive vibes for every success

  • Reply Max Bird August 31, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Get a bright pink wetsuit, then you won't look like a seal lad

  • Reply TwoMas August 31, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Ayy keep it up lad, your doing amazing

  • Reply Guilwen Meunier August 31, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Go on Ross!!

  • Reply adam bamf August 31, 2018 at 12:19 pm


  • Reply dmiller010187 August 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Loving your regular updates Ross – your mental strength/attitude/humour is amazing! You’ll definitely do it 👊🏻

  • Reply InvestorHawk August 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Who dislikes these videos? They must have their screens upside down…

  • Reply Charlie Bunarek August 31, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Ross, I love you but you gotta eat healthier. If its getting you through the swim, good, but you hound not be carb loading with jelly beans. Just saying, it will help you in the long run.

  • Reply codysett1 August 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Why not a neon swim suit? You can been seen easier and your not the same color as many predators food.

  • Reply RapidExo August 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Update: "ross edgley killed during great british swim by killer whale on the coast of scotland"
    read more…

  • Reply Ondřej Hulčík August 31, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Come on Ross! Guys here are right!! Don't be seal! Be zebra 😀 😀

  • Reply Muhammad Saeed August 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Clickbaity bs thumbnail. Not a great white.

  • Reply Paul McKnight August 31, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    OFFS…..Basking Shark

  • Reply ArhPos August 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I would get a proper finnish sauna on board, to get rid of the bone chilling cold.

  • Reply Rory Ryan August 31, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I literally said "have you encountered any sharks yet" in the last episode

  • Reply Skyf4lllHG August 31, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Go Ross💪🏼

  • Reply Jackson Phinney August 31, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Let’s go Ross

  • Reply Mr vgroo September 1, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Osm dude

  • Reply Tor MCculloch September 1, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Gohn o grots is the top of Scotland

  • Reply Katy Cheetham September 1, 2018 at 6:58 am

    No doubt you will do it. Stroke after stroke after stroke. Great job.

  • Reply Owen Jackson September 1, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Absolute beast

  • Reply EWAN September 1, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Plot twist: Shark gets eaten by a Ross

  • Reply Jane Johnson September 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Wow ur amazin man

  • Reply Stuart Phillips September 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Are killer whales a legitimate threat? There has never been a recorded attack on humans in the wild.

  • Reply Robert v September 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You're doing awesome and get to wear a cool gimp suit 🙃

  • Reply Josh September 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    keep up the insane work Ross!!

  • Reply Justin Alexander September 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    what r the supplements you take

  • Reply Elliot Holman September 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Keep checking in on you, from the people in thanet keep on rocking it and look forward to your return man!

  • Reply Denis Clarke September 2, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Your worried about what pops up in the see which I understand but don't forget your doing something that nobody has done before and in that you have giving yourself so many opportunities that very little get so don't be afraid just embrace it while you move on..

  • Reply Samuli Henriksson September 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

    No recorded cases of orcas attacking humans in the wild ever. Also orcas are not just beasts working on instincts but intelligent creatures that have been thought to have something of a culture even. All family groups have their own dialects and they can learn from each other and nail something like killing a great white with ease without having ever been face to face with one. All I'm trying to say is, the possible orcas on your route are very likely not going to mistake you for a seal. You are a great inspiration and I'm wishing all the best for your adventure around Great Britain!

  • Reply Ross McKeown September 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    ROSS, my name is ROSS! I have found myself using your story both in conversation with friends when staring at the Irish Sea from Northern Ireland and more recently when struggling for power in a standard aerobic swim session. You're doing it! Where did you get the map you use?! It looks perfect.

  • Reply This Isme September 3, 2018 at 1:50 am

    When he's not swimming, are they still sailing? doesn't that mean he's only partially swimming around Great Britain?

  • Reply Shaun September 3, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Keep it up Ross, you are doing well

  • Reply Beebo the mighty little bear September 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    He’s drinking that shark’s peepee.

  • Reply Liam Johnson September 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Keep it up Ross!

  • Reply Jamie Pike September 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Just a quick question what's it like swimming around our coastline in regards to plastic pollution. Do you see alot of waste or not so much? Your doing incredible by the way keep it up mate

  • Reply Liam Du Toit September 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    What a beastt

  • Reply Swim 4life September 7, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Crikey Ross !! that would have made me nervous. I was swimming a few weeks ago in Wales in an event .Swimmers were saying they saw black fin , i would have freaked out Im sure . Happy I did not see it and my goggles kept fogging . Love watching you you are doing fantastic .

  • Reply BritishIdiots September 8, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Paint your wetsuit fluorescent green

  • Reply Qner Q September 14, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Beautiful animal!

  • Reply Lorens Rewolle December 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    um basking sharks are nice they don't eat meat and they are very rare.

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