When whale biologist Nan Hauser, 63, decided to go snorkeling in the ocean, she hoped to get a glimpse into the amazing ocean life she’s been studying for most of her life. But she ended up getting a lot more than she signed up for after an unexpected encounter with a massive whale that left her with memories that she will never forget.
Soon after she got into the water, Hauser spotted something really huge coming on her way. While she quickly realized what the gigantic creature may be, it was impossible to guess its intentions. Therefore, all she could do was to patiently wait, even if her heart beat out of her chest. But, believe it or not, the massive whale actually protected the woman from a nearby shark by pushing her away from the area where the deadly predator was at. And although Nan knew better than to panic, after she got back on the surface and let her team know that there was a tiger shark just a few feet away, you could hear the fear in her voice.
But what’s most impressive about this clip is the fact that the whale was instinctively compelled to protect the biologist and alert her of the danger. Although Nan knows a great deal about these mammals, she later stated that she didn’t expect a whale to act so maternal towards a human up until this experience.
“I’ve spent 28 years underwater with whales, and have never had a whale so tactile and so insistent on putting me on his head, or belly, or back, or, most of all, trying to tuck me under his huge pectoral fin,” Hauser, told the Daily Mirror. “If he rammed me too hard, or hit me with his flippers or tail, that would break my bones and rupture my organs. If he held me under his pectoral fin, I would have drowned … I was sure that it was most likely going to be a deadly encounter.”