In 2004, a New Zealand man and 3 members of his lifeguard group the Whangarei Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.were training about 300' from shore.
The man Rob Howes, 47, his daughter Nicci, 15, Karina Cooper, 15, and Helen Slade, 16, were suddenly surrounded by 7 bottlenosed dolphins. The dolphins herded them together by making tight circles around them. When Mr Howes tried to escape the circle, two of the dolphins came to block his exit.
About that time, Mr Howes spotted the great white shark, about 10' long. The dolphins continued to protect the swimmers for about 40 minutes until the shark swam away.
There have been reports around the world of dolphins protecting people. Dr Rochelle Constantine, from the Auckland University School of Biological Science, said sharks normally aren't a threat to bottlenose dolphins around New Zealand, but dolphins would attack if they felt threatened.
Suddenly, the TV show Flipper sounds more realistic than I'd thought. I'd never heard any dolphin rescue stories. Had you?