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.
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