Marine biologist Nan Hauserhas been diving with whales for the past 29 years of her life.
But her last encounter with a whale, literally saved her life.
In October, last year, Nan was diving near the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. She was with her crew, filming a documentary about humpback whales, when the unusual encounter happened.
One whale came straight to her and begin nudging her with its nose and chin. Then the whale tried to pull Nan under his pectoral fin. This was pretty unusual for Nan, she never encounter this type of behavior at a whale until now.
Nan Hauser said: “He just wouldn’t stop touching me.” She tried to get away several times but the whale kept pushing her over an over. “He eventually pushed me up right out of the water on his fin. He kept putting his eye right next to me and I couldn’t figure out what he was trying to tell me. ”
“That whale was intent on keeping me away and hiding me. And I didn’t know why.”
For the whole 10 minutes, while the encounter lasted, the nudging and hiding continued. After Nan saw that the whale don’t stop from nudging her, she started to fear the worst.
“I thought the camera crew was going to end up filming my death. One whip of a whale’s tail on you, and the pressure would break your bones.”
But the whale had no plan to hurt her at all, in fact it tried to save her life from something the biologist didn’t even noticed.
See below her amazing encounter: