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Distance swimmer joined by pod of dolphins who protect him from shark

According to the Mirror, Adam Walker, a British long-distance swimmer who is on a quest to conquer seven grueling swims at various locations across the globe, was recently joined off the coast of New Zealand by a friendly pod of dolphins.

As reported at CTV News, Walker was in the midst of his marathon swim when he spotted a large shark swimming close enough to be unsettling. Seemingly out of nowhere, a pod of friendly dolphins joined him, causing the shark to retreat; the dolphins stayed with Walker for an hour.

Walker told the Mirror:

I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home. This swim will stay with me forever.

“It would be nice to think the dolphins stayed with me and were thinking ‘We’ll just help our pal get through’.”

Interestingly enough, Walker's swims benefit dolphins - he is raising funds for Whale and Dolphin Conservation. His Just Giving fundraiser states:

In April 2014 I will be swimming the 'Cook Strait' in New Zealand to complete my 6th swim of the Oceans 7. This charity is very close to my heart. The charity work extremely hard to prevent the butchering of these beautiful creatures of the ocean.

Thanks to a little help from some magnificent, ocean-dwelling friends, Walker will be able to continue on with his challenging quest - read more about his endeavor here.

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