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Humpback whale protects marine biologist from tiger shark; video

Humpback whale protects marine biologist from tiger shark; video”

According to Hauser, the occurrence, which took place back in October, is the first documented case where a humpback whale has protected a human from a huge tiger shark.

Whale biologist Nan Hauser's life is dedicated to protecting these gentle giants and, moreover, proving that whales are naturally intuitive. The video, which was published Monday on YouTube, shows the moment the whale pushed the snorkeler through the water as a large tiger shark was seen lurking close.

Not seen in the film, the humpback reportedly hid Hauser under its fin until the 15-foot-long shark left the area.

Marine biologist Nan Hauser credits a 50,000 humpback whale for protecting her from a tiger shark while snorkeling recently.

It's a well-noted phenomenon that humpback whales, often in duos, protect smaller animals who are hunted by marine predators like orca whales.

63-year-old biologist Nan Hauser was observing a pair of humpback whales off the coast of Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands when one of the massive mammals started exhibiting some peculiar behavior.

Cook Islands native Nan said: 'I wasn't sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn't stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes.

The footage captures the moment Nan returns to safety and the whale can even be seen peeking above the water to check up on his new friend. At the end of the video, the whale surfaces just as Hauser - a bit scraped and bruised from their encounter, but in overall fit shape - climbs back aboard her team's boat. The video already went viral and shocked everyone.

"They truly display altruism - sometimes at the risk of losing their own lives". It's amusing how the tables are turned here: "I've spent the past 28 years protecting whales, and in the moment, I didn't even realise that they were protecting me!" It seemed like hours.

'I tried to get away from him for fear that if he rammed me too hard, or hit me with his flippers or tail, that would break my bones and rupture my organs.

For ten minutes, the whale kept persistently nudging Hauser along with its nose and attempting to tuck her under its pectoral fins.

"I didn't want to panic, because I knew that he would pick up on my fear", Hauser told the Daily Mirror. "I stayed calm to a point but was sure that it was most likely going to be a deadly encounter", she continues.



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