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British Distance Swimmer Protected From Shark By Pod of Dolphins - VIDEO

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A two-meter shark closely followed British distance swimmer Adam Walker during his 8 hour, 36 minute swim through the Cook Strait separating New Zealand’s north and south islands this week.

Luckily, a pod of nearby swimming dolphins surrounded him, and the shark took off, says Walker. The dolphins even swam close enough to Walker for them to brush up against his body.

Said Walker on land: "I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home.  This swim will stay with me forever."

Walker is planning to be the first British swimmer to swim seven oceans. He is doing it to raise money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.  In the past Walker has also successfully swum across the English Channel, the Molokai Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Catalina Channel, and the Tsugaru Channel.

Watch video of the dolphin pod AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. The dolphins know their own. Adam is a creature of the ocean.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 26, 2014 10:29:20 AM


  2. Very sweet and life-affirming story. God bless the dolphins.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 26, 2014 10:38:42 AM


  3. Thanks for posting. Watching that was a great start to the day.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | Apr 26, 2014 10:40:43 AM


  4. He probably has the Maori to thank for this. They've been cooperatively fishing with dolphins and orcas for centuries.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2014 10:57:20 AM


  5. Actually, given the Australian government's concerted efforts to decimate shark numbers lately, the dolphins were probably trying to protect it from the awful human...

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Apr 26, 2014 11:14:42 AM


  6. Awwww!

    Posted by: daws | Apr 26, 2014 11:31:54 AM


  7. While dogs may be man's best friend of all, dolphins are certainly our best friends in the oceans.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Apr 26, 2014 12:48:33 PM


  8. Very cool story

    Posted by: Theo | Apr 26, 2014 1:32:52 PM


  9. Smart self-aware dolphins are very sweet on us. They are also horny most of the time and bump sexy parts with us. But if they are pissed off at you, look out, those teeth are murder but overall: Love the dolphins!

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 26, 2014 2:08:22 PM


  10. Dolphins and Sharks are natural enemies.

    Posted by: Reidsb | Apr 26, 2014 4:56:44 PM


  11. If he had gotten too fatigued to swim, those dolphins would have let him hitch a ride. Amazing animals, and probably the most pro-human creatures we'll ever find in the wild.

    Posted by: sparks | Apr 26, 2014 7:18:40 PM


  12. Just amazing that the Dolphins would do this.

    Posted by: mcgill | Apr 26, 2014 7:41:49 PM


  13. dolphins for the win! great story.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 26, 2014 7:47:06 PM


  14. Why ya gotta choke me up?

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 26, 2014 7:59:03 PM


  15. I absolutely love dolphins. They have NO place living in captivity for human entertainment. I stand firmly behind the Humane Society of the United States in opposing keeping marine mammals in captivity for human entertainment.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Apr 26, 2014 9:20:33 PM


  16. I completely agree with you Dr. Blackwell. Watching this clip reminded me of watching the movie "The Cove". It made me think about how unfair people have been to dolphins given they have always had a reputation (as far as I know) for doing this kind of thing.

    Posted by: Turquoise | Apr 26, 2014 9:35:59 PM


  17. One day, we will realize that dolphins are as intelligent and rational as we are. And then we are going to have a lot of explaining to do. How do you say, "We're sorry," in dolphinese?

    Posted by: gr8guya | Apr 27, 2014 11:25:30 AM


  18. Amazing creatures!

    Posted by: GaryJ | Apr 27, 2014 12:53:08 PM


  19. "They've been cooperatively fishing with dolphins and orcas for centuries."

    When they weren't busy hunting the maos and other ratite birds to extinction.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 27, 2014 7:58:27 PM


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