Whales are some of the most magnificent creatures around, known for being altruistic and extremely intelligent. The wonderfully brilliant creatures love to check out passing boats and swimmers and help whenever they can with whatever they can. They have been recorded on multiple occasions helping seals escape from the sharks that hunt them!
Nan Hauser, a marine biologist and president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation, was diving off the Cook Islands when she learned just how amazing whales can be. It was early October, and she was excited when she met a 25-ton Humpback Whale on her dive. The whale approached her curiously and was intrigued by what she was up to.
At first, the whale was harmlessly curious about her presence, but it quickly turned into a terrifying situation. The whale began to nudge and push her with its head, causing the boat’s crew to fear for her life. They turned off the underwater video drone, fearing that they would record her being mauled to death.
It wasn’t until she was leaving the water that she realized the reason for the whale’s odd behavior, the presence of a 15-foot-long Tiger Shark! The whale had been staying in between Nan and the shark, keeping her out of harm's way. With the whale’s help, she was able to make it safely back onto her boat without incident.
Thanks to the whale’s help, Nan was able to escape what could have been a deadly encounter, with only a few bruises and scratches. There have been no recorded instances of whales protecting people, until now! This whale is definitely one of the sweetest and most wonderful creatures to ever grace the Earth, and a great reminder to all of us to help others out whenever we can, however, we can.