Thirty-eight-year-old Ben Hooper is hoping to make history by swimming across the Atlantic Ocean.
The former British police officer set off on Sunday after more than three years of training. He started in Dakar, Senegal and plans to swim 1636 nautical miles (3200 land kilometres) over to Natal, Brazil.
Joined by two boats and a crew of about 10 people, Hooper hopes to be the first person to ever swim every kilometre across the Atlantic Ocean from continent to continent. When he isn’t swimming eight hours a day across rough ocean currents, and waters filled with sharks and jellyfish, Hooper will sleep and eat on the main boat.
The goal is to swim six days a week, 15-20 kilometres a day and reach land again by March.