swimming mile

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by therealradish, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. therealradish Senior Member

    Hi all,
    in the following context:

    "For most killer whales it's one continuous journey, they spend nearly all of their time searching for prey and to avoid losing the element of surprise – don't hang around in one area too long, they can easily clock up a hundred swimming miles in one day ".

    Does "swimming mile" correspond to "nautical mile"? I googled "swimming mile" but couldn't find it.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Pratolini Senior Member

    English - England
    It means that the amount of swimming they do in one day is equivalent to swimming from point A to point B where the distance between point A and point B is 100 miles. So it's a measure of effort rather than distance.
  3. therealradish Senior Member

    Thanks for the explanation.

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