Nothing fishy about this man's feat, he can actually float vertically

GEORGE TOWN - A 56-year-old retiree has set his eyes on entering the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for his "amazing" acts in the water.

Zulkifli Mydinsah can vertically float and walk with just his head above the water level and without his feet touching the swimming pool floor.

He said he realised he was able to do such tricks about six years ago.

"I managed to vertically stay afloat for more than two hours and I'm sure that I can stay afloat longer than that despite not being a professional swimmer.

"I've searched the Internet to see who can also do such a thing but I've come up empty so far," he said after showing his skills to reporters at the Universiti Sains Malaysia swimming pool here yesterday.

Zulkifli said he tried doing these acts in the sea but was unable to do so as the seawater made him too buoyant.

"I'm unable to explain how I can do this but I feel blessed to be able to do so," he said.

Swimming instructor and USM pool lifeguard Mohd Rozmi Hassan, 44, said he noticed Zulkifli's strange acts in the swimming pool a few years ago.

When asked whether the acts can be done by others, Mohd Rozmi, who is also the Penang Amateur Swimming Association technical officer, said he believed that the acts can be done with strict training but it is unheard off.

"I've tried to do it myself but I can only afloat like that for less than three-minutes. I think Zulkifli's talent is a natural gift," he said.