This incredible moment was captured on camera as a giant Whale saves a snorkeler from a huge shark. The video was filmed by Nan Hauser and her team as Nan had no idea what was happening. According to the Mirror she said:
I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes. It seemed like hours. I was a bit bruised up.
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 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.
I didn’t want to panic, because I knew that he would pick up on my fear. I stayed calm to a point but was sure that it was most likely going to be a deadly encounter.
I feel a very close kinship with animals, so despite my trepidation, I tried to stay calm and figure out how to get away from him.
I never took my eyes off him which is why I didn’t see the shark right away.
Just hanging! This year we have had a lot of groups of juveniles, who are too young to mate, so they cruise around in groups of three or four like packs of teenagers at the mall. #icandowhatiwantmumim12now #humpbackteens #Humpback #Humpbackwhales #NanHauser #CookIslandsWhaleResearch #whales #underwater #whalesunderwater #blue #Ocean #PacificOcean #CookIslands #Rarotonga #research #Water #sea #wildlife #MarineParks #MaraeMoana #KeepItBlu #marinemammals #Cetaceans #play #nature #marinebiology
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The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating. Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth when they fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique.
Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium. While stocks have partially recovered, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships and noise pollution continue to impact the population of 80,000. Humpback whales are rorquals (Balaenopteridae, a family that includes the blue, fin, Bryde’s, sei and minke whales). The rorquals are believed to have diverged from the other families of the suborder Mysticeti as long ago as the middle Miocene. However, it is not known when the members of these families diverged from each other.