The year's 36th Lobster Dip was both icy and extraordinary, as more than 600 participants dashed into the freezing ocean, all in the spirit of backing Special Olympics Maine.

According to WGME, this all took place on New Year's Day at high noon where 630 individuals gathered at Old Orchard Beach, forming a line, and plunging straight into the ocean. The photos are incredible. Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $100 for Special Olympics Maine.

Dave Dostie Photography
Dave Dostie Photography

Last year, Special Olympics raised $175,000 and this year they have officially broken their previous record, surpassing all expectations and raising an amazing $202,725.37.

Fortunate to have a connection with one of the incredible participants, I'd like to give a happy shoutout to the singular, Olivia Hassell, a proud Special Olympian. Her dedication to this event grows with each passing year.

Despite the chilly temperatures, the warmth of both the event and the people involved radiated throughout this year's Lobster Dip.

Photographer Dave Dostie captured numerous moments, and I've showcased some of his photos in the gallery below.

Lobster Dip 2024 Special Olympics Maine

More than 600 individuals braved the chilly waters of Old Orchard Beach, taking part in the annual Lobster Dip to show their support for Special Olympics Maine.

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