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  Dolphins save man from shark attack
Updated 23 July 2002, 14.04
Sharks were circling the fisherman in the water
A man in Australia said a group of dolphins saved his life by chasing away man-eating sharks.

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Fisherman Grant Dickson was left stranded in the sea off the coast of Queensland after his boat sank in stormy weather.

His two other crew members are feared dead.

Mr Dickson said he was left clinging to his upturned boat and could see sharks circling around him. He feared it was only a matter of time before they attacked him.

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350 species of shark
3 species attack humans
More people die from bee stings
Swim at 2.5 km per hour
They have very good eyesight
Shark fossils date from 300 million years ago

But at the last minute, a group of dolphins appeared and scared off the sharks.

He was in the sea for several hours, before he was rescued by a passing ship.

Mr Dickson is now in hospital recovering from his ordeal, but is very grateful to the friendly dolphins who helped save him!

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