Whale Protects Diver From Shark By Hiding Her Under Its Fin

Published January 8, 2018 748,443 Plays

Rumble This is the heartwarming moment a giant humpback whale protects a marine biologist from a nearby shark attack by shielding her with its body and pushing her out of shark’s way.
The point-of-view footage was filmed in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific where whale biologist Nan Hauser, 63, was snorkeling with a 50,000-pound mammal.

Moments later, a 15-foot tiger shark is lurking in the distance. Initially, the snorkeler presumes that the shark is another whale coming to join the fun, but when she sees its tail moving left to the right instead of up to down as sharks do, she realized it is, in fact, a more menacing animal swimming towards her, so she rings the alarm of trouble.

This video is proof of whale’s intuitive nature to protect other species of animal as this humpback whale protects Nan and her team from a circling tiger shark by putting her under its pectoral fin and using its head and mouth to push her away.

Watch as the giant mammal is tucking Nan under its pectoral fin and even lifts the biologist out of the water at one point. Soon after, Nan returned to safety and the whale surfaced to check on her at the boat.

Nan, who lives on the Cook Islands, says “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.”

“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. If he held me under his pectoral fin, I would have drowned.” Who would have expected that whales can be such protective creatures and save you from trouble! Amazing!

If you ever had the chance to observe whale’s behavior, you will see that they can be very social and friendly animals. A lot of people consider whales as dangerous and threatening to people, but it’s another way around. Humans are the only natural enemies that whales have.

They would almost certainly do fine and dandy out there if people weren't decimating their native habitat with toxins and poisons. Watch this video again and see what this whale did for this person. Do they deserve to be treated like that?


  • Icando, 1 year ago

    Great article except after all this intelligent whale did for this diver, the writer still calls him "it".

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    • Kirk, 1 year ago

      They called the shark an “it”. also for sure don’t be so sensitive

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  • Gretken, 1 year ago

    I've been to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, so now I want to go again to see the humpback whales.

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  • MiKn67, 36 weeks ago

    Okay. Let's change the narrative. Here is a human harassing a whale. A shark approaches; the whale takes pity on the human and protects it from the predator.

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