Hero Humpback Whale Saves Marine Biologist Diver From 20 Foot Long Tiger Shark
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.