A pod of dolphins save a swimmer from one of the ocean’s biggest predators.
Endurance swimmer Adam Walker was attempting to make the 16-mile journey through the Cook Strait in New Zealand, he told Yahoo! Sports, when he spotted a great white shark beneath him in the dark, choppy water.
A pod of dolphins showed up, surrounding Walker and purportedly protecting him from the shark. The ironic thing is, Walker was swimming the Cook Straight at part of his Oceans7 goal, tackling seven of the Earth’s most grueling long distance open-water swims. The objective is to raise money for Stop Whaling, a nonprofit group focused on whale and, you guessed it, dolphin conservation.
Watch the YouTube video uploaded by Adam Walker himself.
The video is garnering tons of comments about other documented cases of dolphins coming to the aid of humans, and Walker said he was “blown away” by the experience.
“I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!” he posted on Facebook, along with some photos.
Dolphins prove again and again that they are one of nature’s smartest creatures.