DailyMail This is the heartwarming moment a giant, 50,000-pound humpback whale protects a marine biologist from a nearby shark by shielding her and pushing her out of harm’s way. The hypnotising footage was filmed in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. Whale biologist Nan Hauser says the humpback protected her and her team from a circling tiger shark by putting her under its fin and using his head and mouth to push her away. The 50,000lb mammal can also be seen tucking the 63-year-old under its pectoral fin and it even lifts the biologist out of the water at one point. Nan said the incident, which occured in October, is proof of the whale’s intuitive nature to protect other species of animal – including humans – something she believes has never been captured on film. The biologist compared this to firemen being willing to rush into a burning home to help save the lives of strangers. Surrounding the unsuspecting snorkeler and the roughly 14-metres-long mammal was a 15-foot tiger shark. The footage shows the whale guiding the diver into a certain direction and it’s not longer before Nan breaks the surface and reveals to her team on board a boat that there is a shark nearby. Nan says that out of shot, another whale was using his tail and slapping the water to divert the shark away, she told the Mirror. Initially the snorkeler presumed the shark was another whale coming to join the fun – it was only when she saw its tail moving left to right instead of up to down that she realised it was in fact a more menacing animal swimming towards her. 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.
I guess we know how to prevent shark attacks, only swim around gigantic whales, which will act as your bodyguard and protect you from sharks. This video is going viral, and it comes to us off The Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean, when biologist Nan Hauser was swimming with a pod of humpback whales. One massive humpback whale which was estimated to be 45/feet-long and weigh 50,000-pounds was redirecting Hauser in the water, protecting her, and using its own body as a shield to hide her from something. That’s when Hauser noticed a 15-foot-long tiger shark circling nearby, and she realized that the massive whale was using its size up keep her from the dangerous predator, and to protect her from a potential attack. According to Hauser, not just one whale was protecting her, another whale nearby was keeping the shark at bay with its powerful tail flukes. This video proves that whales will protect humans from danger in the ocean, and it should make us feel bad that we spent 100 years harpooning them and turning them into lamp oil, nearly wiping them off the planet. I’m terrified of sharks, so from now on when I take a dip in the ocean, I will be sure I am flanked by a pod of gigantic aquatic bodyguards to fend off sharks and keep me safe.
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