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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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Japanese Government Defends Mass Dolphin Kill: VIDEO

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The Japanese government Monday defended its practice of dolphin killing on Monday after U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted objections to it, the NYT reports:

DolphinMs. Kennedy objected to a form of fishing called “drive hunt” killing, in which dolphins are herded together by boats into an area they cannot escape, resulting in the capture of scores, if not hundreds, of dolphins. Critics have called the practice inhumane for the sheer number of dolphins killed and the threat it poses to the animal’s populations.

“Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries,” Ms. Kennedy said in her post on Saturday, referring to the United States government’s position on the issue.

On Tuesday, responding to the criticism, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, defended the practice.

“Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country,” he said, responding to a question about Ms. Kennedy’s criticism. “We will explain Japan’s position to the American side.”

Watch a Euronews report on the cull, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Sea Shepherd conservation society has been monitoring the slaughter with a livestream and on Facebook.

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This is What 'Blissed Out' Dolphins Look Like When They're High on Recreational Drugs: VIDEO

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"This is the first time that apparent recreational drug use has been documented in dolphins."

In this case, the recreational drug is a neurotoxin released by a puffer fish which the dolphins pass around and "puff" on before allowing the fish to swim free.

Watch a fascinating clip from the two-part BBC documentary "Spy in the Pod",
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