When whale biologist Nan Hauser, 63, decided to go snorkeling in the ocean, she hoped to get a glimpse of the amazing ocean life she has been studying for most of her life.
But she ended up getting more than she signed up for after an unexpected encounter with a giant whale, leaving her with memories she’ll never forget.
As soon as she entered the water, Hauser spotted something hugel on her way. While she quickly realized what the giant creature might be, it was impossible to guess its intentions.
So all she could do was waiting patiently, even as her heart pounded out of her chest. However, believe it or not, the giant whale actually protected the woman from a nearby shark by pushing her away from an area with aggressive predators.
It’s possible that the massive 25-ton whale didn’t do it on purpose, but since it saved the woman’s life, it’s less important whether the sea creatures intended to do it or not.
However, Nan knew better than anyone how to stay calm in situations like this, but after she returned to the surface and let her team know that there was a tiger shark just a few feet away, you can hear the fear in her voice.
However, what’s most impressive about the footage is the fact that instinctively the whale is forced to protect the biologist and warn her of the danger.
Although Nan knew a lot about these mammals, she later said she didn’t expect a whale to act like this towards a human until this experience.
“I’ve spent 28 years underwater with whales, and never had a whale been so tactile as too insistent on putting me on his head, belly, back, or most of all, trying to stuff me under his huge pectoral fin.”
Hauser said. “If he hit me too hard, or with flippers or tails, it would break my bones and break my internal organs. If he held me under his pectoral fin, I would have drowned… I’m sure it would most likely be a deadly encounter.”