His webbed hindfeet were twice as large as his mate's and he was easily the swiftest swimmer in the colony.
Cuffee's practiced eye alone had seen a flash of his tail, at the distance of a mile and a half; and, raising his voice to the utmost of his strength, he had endeavored to apprise the incautious swimmer of his danger.
Neither was as swift a swimmer as Jack, and for that reason, their progress through the water had been considerably slower.
Hoarse commands carried across the water, though the words were unintelligible to the three swimmers at that distance.
" "Now, God be thanked, Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power, To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping, Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary.
Of course, he would have to do much more swimming than had been necessary for the second mate, but then, he believed himself to be a better swimmer than that gentleman, and he expected to get back a great deal easier than he came, because the whiskey would make him strong and happy, and he could play with the waves.
Add to this that he was encumbered by Katy, that his fright now returned, and that he made the mistake so often made by the best of swimmers under excitement, of wasting power by swimming too high, and you have the causes of rapid exhaustion.
If ever one of the gentry took it into his head to contradict him, he would just look at him, and say, 'Thou swimmest in shallow water'[A]that was a favorite phrase with him.
Fletcher crossed the street and accosted Sandford, though not without trepidation; for he shuddered like a swimmer within reach of a shark, as he encountered those cold and pitiless eyes.
Some of the strong swimmers among the elephants seem to enjoy the whole affair immensely.
Much of their time was spent in or near the water, so that Keith developed into a pretty good swimmer for his age, though always of the cautious type.
If it were any larger than is absolutely necessary it would be a serious impediment to a professional diver and swimmer like the sea-lion.
One set of guide-ropes held her in place at the point of embarkation, while swimmers on horseback carried another set of ropes across the river and quickly made them fast.