Dolphins protect a swimmer chased by a shark.
A couple of years ago, the open-water swimmer returned to discuss it. After several years of accumulating records and milestones for his personal history, Adam Walker added an incredible experience swimming with dolphins.
Nowadays, it is straightforward to swim with these beautiful creatures. In many aquariums, they offer this type of services or amenities. However, nothing compares to the sensation of doing it in the ocean and more when it is as natural as what happened with Walker.
The Briton dove off the New Zealand coast to complete the 16 miles of Cook Strait, the goal being to swim across it.
Shortly after he started, a pod of dolphins approached him, and they began to swim together. For a long time, everything seemed completely normal until a giant white shark appeared a few meters away.
“I looked down and saw a shark a few meters below me. Since I was trying to swim over successfully, I made an effort to keep from panicking..”
When anyone else might have panicked or had no idea how to act, Walker was surprised to feel protected by none other than mammals, who formed a protective ring around him.
“Although I am unable to communicate with dolphins, I can say that after the shark left for a short while, the dolphins stayed with me for another 50 minutes, which was a fantastic experience. I am unable to say whether the dolphins helped me as a pod because they are unable to speak to me.”.
The previous job of a swimmer and adventurer like him is to investigate the weather conditions, the types of animals he can find along the way, and all the security that has to accompany him to achieve his mission.
In fact, Before leaving, he had been informed that there would be no sharks near the coast, so it was quite a surprise for Walker to find himself almost face-to-face with one.