When Dr. Steven Minaglia and Dr. Scott Harvey suggest exercise as a way to reduce stress and promote good health, they are speaking from experience.
The two swam from Moloka`i to Lana`i on May 12, 2012 in under six hours, braving swells, the stings of Portuguese man-of-war and bad sunburn. Fortunately, they’re not novices at crossing channels. The aquatic pair, Minaglia, Assistant Professor in the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, and Harvey, JABSOM alumnus and current OB-GYN Resident, successfully swam the Pailolo channel (from Maui to Moloka`i) on February 4th. They are pictured on that day with fellow swimmer Craig Coombs from San Francisco. (Left to right, Minaglia, Coombs and Harvey.)
The February swim was especially memorable, according to Dr. Minaglia. “We were escorted by Humpback whales throughout the swim from the Valley Isle to the Friendly Isle,” he said.
In this YouTube video of that swim shot by Blair Norris, the physicians set out, and unexpectedly encounter the whales. You can hear the men whoop with delight, then see the camera go beneath the surface to zoom in on a whale and even record its song.
If you haven’t time to watch the video, you can read more about the doctors’ February adventure at: http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2012/02/trio-has-whale-of-time-across-pailolo.html