Swimming with dolphins has long been a dream of many adventurers. But one man from Britain experienced far more than he expected while swimming in the waters off the coast of New Zealand. Sailing through the Cook Strait was one of his dreams on his to-do list before he died.
Moments of Terror
Adam Walker from Nottingham (UK) was swimming with the dolphins when suddenly, just a few meters away, a great white shark appeared.
Unusual dolphin reaction
The man wanted to swim through the Cook Strait. After completing the 25km challenge, he suddenly noticed a shark swimming just below him.
I looked down and saw a shark, a few meters below me. I tried not to panic. – said Adam Walker on his YouTube channel.
Adam admitted that a moment later, when the shark approached, the dolphins formed a protective ring around him, which saved him from potential attack.
I would like to think they protected me and led me home. Adam Walker admitted.
An effective way to drive off predators
Sticking together is the main way dolphins defend each other from attack shark. As a result, these brave creatures often successfully drive away the predator. It is not known if the dolphins formed a defense ring to help Adam, but either way, it got the shark to sail away. Perhaps it is the dolphins that the man owes his life.
I cannot say that the dolphins went to help me on purpose, because they can't talk to me but I can say that after a few minutes the shark was gone and the dolphins stayed with me for another 50 minutes which was an amazing experience. – added Adam.
Adam added that he had already met sharks while swimming in Hawaii and in the Tsugaru Channel in Japan. The man adds that the most important rule in such a situation is: “Don't panic!”
Some interesting facts about sharks whites:
- Great white sharks have such a strong sense of smell that they can sense one drop of blood in 115 liters of water
- Females give birth to 30 cubs with a length of 36 cm
- They sail fast, up to 40 km / h
- They feed on large fish, sea turtles. They hunt dolphins and seals
- Victims stick their heads above the water surface for observation
- They can live up to 70 years
- They have very sharp, triangular teeth, even 5 cm long
- By analyzing the way they bite, the researchers found that sharks did not they attack people on purpose. During an attack on a person, they usually do not tear him apart, but leave him and go away. This is the victim's chance to survive. Experts note that attacks can be triggered by the desire to defend a territory that is increasingly overlapping with human exploitation
- The color of the white shark is perfectly adapted to the living environment – its white belly makes it less visible to victims underneath it, but the dark ridge masks it from above