Hero Humpback Whale Saves Marine Biologist Diver From 20 Foot Long Tiger Shark
Even as hunting laws have been amended to shoot animals like bears while they hibernate, does the animal world respond in kind? Forget about the stupid justification that animals are dangerous and will kill you in the wild, of course they will, they are animals after all. While man given the evolutionary advantage of intelligence and superiority should do all in his power to protect earth’s species without credit, a wild animal protecting a human deserves no less a Nobel peace prize. A farfetched remark maybe!! But given the fact that this whale protects a woman is the biggest story trending on social media right now, it speaks volumes about the comparison between man and the animal world.
1Animals also display compassion and this story proves it
It proves how compassionate animals can be making no distinction between species and that too a species who has hunted it all its life. The most remarkable footage has been captured by a cook island resident studying humpback whales. The 50,000 pound creature actually saved her from a shark in the most dramatic way possible.
2What actually happened?
Nan Hauser 63 a whale biologist has been studying Humpbacks all her life. In an incident in October last year 2017, she was on a usual study of whales in the South Pacific particularly Muri Beach Rarotoonga in Cook islands when she was treated to an ethereal experience which she will definitely remember all her life.
3Proof of animal’s intuitive and protective nature
It was not just one but two whales that were involved in the incident. While Nan was in deep water, a 15 foot Tiger shark steadily approached her and it was obvious he wasn’t in a playing mood. That was a when two humpback whales rushed to her rescue. While one diverted the shark’s attention, the other made physical contact with Nan, pushing her with its nose and using its pectoral fin to protect her till she was safely into shallow water. It is a remarkable story for any reader let alone Nan who was definitely humbled by the experience vindicating her stand that whales are compassionate creatures.
4She was busy studying the whale
When Nan was studying the 14 meter long whale in the water, she saw the shark approaching and because of its length, she thought it was another whale. She soon realized in horror what it was when she identified its tail movements.
It was then that the whale approached her and kept pushing her for over 10 minutes. Obviously she might have been taken aback at the moment because after all, it’s not usual for a human to receive such contact while in deep water and that to from a huge monster whale. Nan described her entire experience in detail.
5The whale was trying to protect her
Nan says she wasn’t really sure what the whale was up to “I’ve spent 28 years underwater with whales, and have never had a whale so tactile and so insistent on trying to tuck me under his huge pectoral fin.” She tried her best to move away but she couldn’t. This guy seemed to have made up his mind to be her knight in shining armor whether she liked it or not.
6She was taken aback and scared
Nan tried getting away as she feared that if the whale rammed her too hard or hit her with its flippers or tail, a few bones would break for sure. It could also rupture her organs. Had the whale been successful in tucking her firmly under its pectoral fin which it was trying to do, she would have drowned she said.
7Studies have found Humpbacks usually protect other species
According to Nan research studies regarding Humpbacks say that whales have the tendency to protect other species and they also hide seals under their pectoral fins when protecting them from killer whales. She says “They truly display altruism – sometimes at the risk of losing their own lives.”
8She remained calm and did not panic
Nan described how she tried remaining as calm as possible because if she panicked, the whale would pick up the fear “I stayed calm to a point but was sure that it was most likely going to be a deadly encounter,” Nan continued. “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.”
9The shark was 20 feet long according to fishermen
Nan says she kept her eyes fixed on the whale and that’s why she never noticed the shark earlier. Fisherman later mentioned that they had seen the same shark in the waters and that it was as large as a pickup truck while others said it was 20 feet long. Speaking about the incident Nan said “It’s funny how the tables are turned here: I’ve spent the past 28 years protecting whales, and in the moment, I didn’t even realize that they were protecting me!” Although she also describes how other sea animals like dolphins have saved humans before.
10Research proves the protective nature of whales and dolphins
There has been scientific evidence and incidents proving how Dolphins save humans. New studies have shown how whales and dolphins live human like lives owing to the fact that they have large brains and are more intelligent than other animal species. The study revealed the bigger the brain of the species, the more human like would their lives be. Such species displayed the tendency of adopting other species too.
11Much to be thankful for
In the video footage captured of the incident, the whale can be seen pushing and lifting Nan out of the water. The whale was aware of the danger from the shark and knew that the human was a potential victim The shark tried keeping Nan under its pectoral fin till she was safely lifted out of the water.
Nan has much to be thankful for due to the 14 meter long whale’s timely actions that saved her life. She was easily able to alert her team once she surfaced. She also noticed another humpback on camera. It was in the same vicinity and attempted to create a distraction till Nan was out of harm’s way.
12Biologists are hoping the incident will create awareness
It’s not every day that a whale saves a woman and biologists are hoping this incredible incident will create awareness into the personalities of whales as this is effectively the first time such an incident has been captured on camera.
Hopefully humans with a conscience will also share such incidents to generate awareness of how compassionate animals can be till enough voices are generated to stop the rampant whaling. Countries are still killing whales such as Iceland, Norway and Japan.
13Watch the incredible video
You can watch the video footage taken from Nan’s camera although the shark itself isn’t all that visible; Nan’s reaction after coming out of the water speaks for itself.