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The Stunned Mullets

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2018
The Veteran Swimmers of Caloundra
Photo courtesy The Stunned Mullets facebook page

What is that gliding along the Kind Beach coastline? If you find yourself, sitting on the white sandy shoreline of Kings Beach, Caloundra or strolling along its esplanade, don't be startled if you happen to see a stunned mullet along the shoreline or even emerging from the water.

Watch out the mullets at Kings Beach

What is a stunned mullet you might be thinking? Well, it the proud name of a group of veteran swimmers who take to the Kings Beach seas most mornings (even in winter) for an early dip in the water. On a recent visit to Caloundra, I spotted a trio of mullets towelling down the salt water after their swim.

They are easy to spot - proudly wearing their goggles to protect their eyes from the sting of the salt water and sporting old school blue budgie smugglers with 'Stunned Mullets' printed in yellow on the rear. As well as a love of swimming, the sense of enduring care and friendship is what binds these mullets together. Their morning swim is a chance to get together, check in with each other and share musings of the day. Members range in age from their 40s to 90s.

A sense of charity is also on the agenda. They take part in charity swims with funds donated to Sunshine Coast Special Schools

How did this amusing name, Stunned Mullet, come about? During mullet season, which runs from mid-May to August, Kings Beach attracts schools of the fish to the shoreline which are netted by local fishermen. The name is taken from the goggle-eyed stare of the fish when caught. The original members joked that they must look like this when they emerge from the water. And the name, "stunned mullet", stuck.

Photo courtesy Sunshine Coast Council

To catch a glimpse of these veteran swimmers, look out for the Stunned Mullets and Kings Beach, which are located 93km from Brisbane.
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Why? The Veteran Swimmers of Caloundra
When: Mornings
Where: Kings Beach, Caloundra
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