Whale Protects Diver From Shark By Hiding Her Under Its Fin

Caters_NewsPublished: January 8, 201818,336 views
Published: January 8, 2018

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 right instead of up to down like sharks do, she realised 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!

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      Icando · 19 weeks ago

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

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        Kirk · 10 weeks ago

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

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      Gretken · 16 weeks ago

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