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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.

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Prince George Meets Child Of Gay Parents For Playdate: VIDEO

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As part of their official royal tour of New Zealand, their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took time for a play date with a group of first time parents whose children are all around the same age as their son, Prince George.

GeorgeThe play date was put on by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (a.k.a. Plunket) which provides free parental support services to more than nine in ten babies. The 10 couples invited to the play date included a gay couple and their daughter Isabella. Jared Mullen, originally from Oregon, and husband Ryan Tunstall, originally from Australia, were chosen to “represent the growing numbers of same-sex couples in New Zealand who use Plunket’s parental support services,” as The Telegraph reports:

Tristine Clark, New Zealand president of Plunket, said: “The parents are a spread of all the communities in New Zealand, including Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and gay couples. This is a very multi-cultural country and we wanted the Duke and Duchess to meet people from all backgrounds.”

Mrs Clark said the Duke and Duchess did not specifically ask to meet a gay couple, leaving the choice of parents entirely down to Plunket.

Mullen and Tunstall spoke of their experience meeting the Cambridges shortly after the play date. From Wales Online: 

Mr Mullen said: "Isabella and George had a little play together, they were chums.

"In a way all we did was talk about babies.

"The Duke and Duchess were lovely, they were both very relaxed and we chatted about our experiences as first-time parents.

"He is a lovely little boy, very intrepid. The whole thing has been a huge privilege.

"It was lovely to meet the Duke and Duchess and share our beautiful children with them. They are both very lovely and loving parents."

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New Zealand's Rugby Team Performs Wet, Shirtless 'Haka' Dance: VIDEO

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New Zealand’s All Blacks defeated England 26-7 Sunday night in the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens Tournament, but the highlight of the night was the rain-soaked traditional Maori 'Haka' dance the All Blacks performed in celebration of their win.

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10 Gay Men Asked To Kiss For The First Time: VIDEO

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Love Your Condom, a New Zealand group that promotes safe-sex among gay and bi men (site NSFW), has made their own "First Kiss" video somewhat imitating the one made by amateur filmmaker Tatia Pilieva in which she asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time. Unlike Pillieva's video however, Love Your Condom's only features men — oh yassss.

It's sweet how many of the men want to hug first before going in for the kiss. Oh, and the song is Soko's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow."

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New Zealand Rugby Players Show Some Attitude in Jockey Underwear Photo Shoot: VIDEO

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A behind the scenes video of New Zealand’s national rugby team All Blacks teaming up with new sponsor Jockey underwear.

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