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#1 Mr. Scot

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:06 PM

Dolphins Protect Long-Distance Swimmer From Shark

 

 

A long-distance swimmer seeking to become the first British man to complete the Ocean’s Seven, a group of seven long-distance swims around the world, was protected on his journey by a pod of dolphins who scared off a shark, according to the swimmer’s support team.

Adam Walker was swimming the approximately 16-mile long Cook Strait off the New Zealand coast last Tuesday when he spotted a shark in the water below him. Just as his fears began to rise, Walker said he was surrounded by a pod of around 10 dolphins that swam with him for more than an hour.

“I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home,” Walker wrote on his Facebook page.  “This swim will stay with me forever.”

 

 

 

Cool story, with this ironic twist...

 

 

In a fitting coincidence, given the animals he encountered in Cook Strait, Walker is swimming to raise money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation...

 

No word on whether they said "So long, and thanks for all the fish" afterward.



#2 Mr. Scot

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:07 PM

Here's the video...

 

 

You don't really see the shark, just the dolphins.

 

There are other, similar videos like this on YouTube if you search.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty awesome.

#4 MadHatter

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

Still betting that the swimmer about poo in his suit when he first saw either the fin (while taking a breath during his stroke) or the shape from below......I would think shark right off the bat and freak out.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:17 PM

My idiot brother took me to see "Jaws" when I was ten years old.

 

You'll never see me swimming out far from shore.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

My idiot brother took me to see "Jaws" when I was ten years old.

 

You'll never see me swimming out far from shore.

 

I ususally end up seeing Jaws right before time to go to the beach, needless to say I spend a lot of time in the pool.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:09 PM

I usually end up seeing Jaws right before time to go to the beach, needless to say I spend a lot of time in the pool.

 

I've toyed with the idea of taking a boombox out to a beach and playing the theme from Jaws turned up loud.

 

I figure most of the people my age who were in the water would chuckle at first ('ha ha very funny"). Then they'd start thinking about it, begin looking around nervously and then slowly head to shore :lol:

 



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:36 AM

Very cool video, but I'm not sure I buy the shark story. Why wouldn't he hop on the boat that is following him if his life is in imminent danger?

Oh I'll just assume these dolphins are here to help and not to eat my chum leftovers after the shark shreds me to bits.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:13 PM

My idiot brother took me to see "Jaws" when I was ten years old.

 

You'll never see me swimming out far from shore.

 

Sharks are magnificent animals and are beautiful in the wild.

 

I am an avid scuba diver....have been on shark feeding dives, seen sharks during open water dives, and have even gone Great White Shark cage diving off the coast of San Diego years ago. 

 

Incredible experiences.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:13 PM

Very cool video, but I'm not sure I buy the shark story. Why wouldn't he hop on the boat that is following him if his life is in imminent danger?

Oh I'll just assume these dolphins are here to help and not to eat my chum leftovers after the shark shreds me to bits.

 

May have known that it wasn't a dangerous one?



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:14 PM

I ususally end up seeing Jaws right before time to go to the beach, needless to say I spend a lot of time in the pool.

 

Last 4 years, we have done our summer family trip to the beach during the same first week of August.....which happens to be Shark Week.

 

Nothing like watching shark shows at night before hitting the surf in the morning.  My two sons think it is funny and cool.  My 14 yo daughter....not so much. 



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:15 PM

May have known that it wasn't a dangerous one?

 

Per the news stories I saw, they said the shark below him was a Great White Shark.  Pretty sure ALL of them are the dangerous ones.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:27 PM

Right, the version I read said great white shark.

Great whites do not fug around.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:30 PM

Right, the version I read said great white shark.

Great whites do not fug around.


Thankfully, neither do dolphins.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:38 PM

Very cool video, but I'm not sure I buy the shark story. Why wouldn't he hop on the boat that is following him if his life is in imminent danger?

Oh I'll just assume these dolphins are here to help and not to eat my chum leftovers after the shark shreds me to bits.


The story gets more publicity if there was a shark in the water.. and they said a great white shark too. The biggest baddest boy of them all. I'm calling b.s. too

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