Shark news: British swimmer saved from 6ft beast by pod of dolphins | World | News

Adam Walker from Nottingham was swimming in the Cook Strait in New Zealand. During the 16-mile swim across the water body, he spotted a Great White close by.

Mr Walker said that the shark was a few feet below him while taking on the Cook Strait.

Speaking on his Youtube channel, he said: “I happened to look down and saw a shark a few metres underneath me.

“I tried not to panic as I have an objective to successfully swim across.”

Speaking to the Marlborough Express, Mr Walker shared he had a chance encounter with a pod of dolphins as the shark swam below.

He claimed the dolphins formed a protective ring around him when the shark approached, shielding him from any potential attacks.

Mr Walker added: “I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home.

“This swim will stay with me forever.”

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It comes as a shark attacked a swimmer off the British coast for the first time 175 years.

A snorkeler was rescued by coast guards after being bitten by a shark in Cornwall, which would mark the first serious shark attack since 1847.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a snorkeler who suffered a suspected shark bite.

“The coastguard was notified just before 12.30pm on Thursday, July 28. It is believed the swimmer suffered a leg injury.

“The coastguard team met the casualty at Penzance harbour to assist with passing them into the care of the ambulance service.”

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