Martin Strel is a legendary Slovenian long-distance swimmer. He is best known for completing Stage swims along the entire length of the Danube River, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River!
Strel's motto is "swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters." He currently operates open water swimming tours with his son Borut Strel at a family’s business!
Strel swam the Amazon River starting on 1 February 2007 and finished 66 days later on April 7, 2007. This was a record-breaking stage swim of 3,273 miles, longer than the width of the Atlantic Ocean.
He had escort boats that were prepared to pour blood into the river to distract meat-eating fish such as piranhas.