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Ocean swimming making a splash off Plum Island

Craig Filmore (left) and others from the Newburyport group prepare for an evening swim off of Plum Island.
Craig Filmore (left) and others from the Newburyport group prepare for an evening swim off of Plum Island.Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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Davis Lee swam the English Channel in 2010 and has tackled several other classic distance-swimming challenges, but three or four times a week, you can still find the Newburyport resident in the water just off the shore at Plum Island, usually early in the morning.

“The ocean is always different,” said Lee. “There are some days you get down there and it’s a beautiful sunrise and it’s smooth and glassy and almost like swimming in a pool. And other days you get out there and it’s choppy and windy and sort of terrifying, almost. I kind of like that. It reminds you that you’re not in a swimming pool.”

A small but growing number of North Shore residents have made an ocean swim a regular part of their routine.

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