Swimming in the sea now might just make me blubber

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Did you see the gruesome visitor splayed across the beach in Southsea this week? In the madness of the Stormageddon, one of everything washed up on the beach – including the fetid remains of a whale. From a distance it looked like God had sneezed on the stones.

The carcass prompted a flurry of photos on social media, some avid snappers adding photographic effects to the rotting blubber.

In the summer I’m a keen open water swimmer and spend hours dragging my sorry behind through the waves off Southsea and Eastney.

Being at one with nature is one of the most enjoyable parts of swimming outdoors, but knowing that swirling masses of decaying goober are out there focuses one’s mind a little.