Swimmer Being Chased by Shark Protected by Pod of Dolphins

04/28/2014 at 07:30 AM EDT

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Adam Walker

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Open-water swimmer Adam Walker was swimming New Zealand's Cook Strait April 22 as part of the Oceans Seven mission when he noticed a fairly unwelcome guest accompanying him on a swim: A great white shark.

Fortunately, someone – or rather, several someones – had his back.

Cook said he was surrounded by a pod of 10 dolphins, who continued swimming with him until the shark – no doubt intimidated by the show of strength – took off. "I'd like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home," Walker wrote on his Facebook. Walker's mission partially benefits Whale and Dolphin Conservation, so maybe the dolphins knew Walker was a friend.

Walker crossed the Strait in 8 hours and 36 minutes. Walker has already successfully swum the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel and Tsugaru Channel. Walker's final swim will be in August, when he will attempt to swim the North Channel, which separates Northern Ireland from Scotland.

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