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article imageLong-distance swimmer protected from shark by dolphins (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Apr 29, 2014 in Environment
When British long-distance swimmer Adam Walker entered the Oceans Seven swimming marathon, in an effort to promote whale and dolphin conservation efforts, he never expected that a pod of dolphins would actually end up helping him.
British long-distance swimmer Adam Walker was participating in the Oceans Seven marathon event as a member of a group focusing on whale and dolphin conservation. He was literally swimming to try and help the dolphins. It turns out the dolphins reciprocated in a way he will never forget, by protecting him from a predatory great white shark.
He was swimming in New Zealand’s Cook Strait at the time of the incident. This particular swim apparently spanned 16 miles, but Walker never expected to encounter any sharks along the way. However, around half way Walker looked down into the water and saw a great white below him.
He was understandably nervous, but at that point a pod of around 10 dolphins arrived and surrounded him, protecting him from the shark. They stayed with him for an hour until the shark decided to leave, as can be seen in the video above.
"I'd like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!" Walker posted on Facebook. "This swim will stay with me forever."
According to Walker, he was “blown away” by the whole ordeal and the video of his swim with the dolphins is becoming popular indeed. Many comments on the video page relate to the history of dolphins protecting humans.
Despite the shark encounter, Walker completed the swim in 8 hours and 36 minutes and this was the sixth of his seven long-distance swims in the Ocean Sevens.
Walker is planning on completing the Oceans Seven, which consists of seven long-distance swims in sites located around the world. He is also involved in raising funds for Stop Whaling, a non-profit group involved in the conservation of both whales and dolphins.
If successful, he will be the first British person to complete the Oceans Seven and apparently only four people worldwide have ever finished the marathon swimming event.
With the English Channel, Gibraltar Straits, Catalina Channel, Molokai Strait, Tsugaru Strait and now the Cook Strait under his belt, in August this year Walker will be in the Irish Sea as his last long-distance swim in the group, hopefully without any sharks this time.
The video, posted by Walker on April 23, has so far received almost three million views.
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