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Dolphins Proved to Be Unlikely Heroes for Surfing Star Who Had a Close Brush With a 20-Feet Shark in 2022

Published 01/04/2023, 2:00 PM EST

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It was a regular surfing day for Bill Ballard until he did not know what was chasing him. The Australian surfer was surfing at Wallagoot Beach in New South Wales when a 20 feet long shark was tailing right behind him. The surfer was completely unaware of the situation and initially carried on with his activity.

Luckily for Ballard, friendly water companions, dolphins, were present at the scene to caution the surfer of the possible danger. Here is how the sea mammals saved the surfer’s life.


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Dolphins escorted Bill Ballard to safety

In September 2022, a few dolphins granted Ballard a second life. While describing a horrific incident to the local newspaper Courier Mail, the Australian surfer recalled how a change in the dolphins’ behavior notified him about the dangerous situation. Ballard said, “It’s hard to describe, but they kept coming up to the surface to look at me and also began swimming back and forward, coming closer and trying to push me towards the shore.

Although the adorable sea animals tried to warn Ballard, he was unable to figure out their intention. Luckily an aircraft flying above the ocean noticed the dolphins’ turmoil and immediately figured out the situation. The aircraft flew lower, and a few passengers hung out to warn the surfer about a 20 feet shark approaching him. Ballard immediately caught a wave to reach the shore safely.


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Due to flying very low, the aircraft crashed into the sea but fortunately, no one was hurt. The dolphins and the passengers together became a savior for Ballard. “I am so thankful. They were like guardian angels coming to save me,” stated the surfer.


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Local kid Bryce Hickman had gone for some fun surfing adventure with his younger brother at Mandurah in Western Australia. However, the fun surf session soon turned into a fearful situation for Hickman.

While waiting to ride another wave, the young surfer’s surfboard was poked by a shark fin. This made him lose his balance and fall into the water. However, Hickman was lucky that the shark did not wander around to attack him. Although he safely returned to the shore, the entire incident left him terrified.


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Soumya Bontra

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Soumya Bontra is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has been working as a sports journalist and writer for the past two years. Soumya has a Bachelor’s in Mass Media.

Edited By: Jahnabi Choudhury