For the first time ever, a video was captured of a 48,500 pound humpback whale appearing to protect and try and save a snorkeler from a tiger shark lurking nearby.
The diver, 63-year-old marine biologist Nan Hauser was snorkeling off of the Cook Islands when the whales visibly attempts to but Hauser on her fins or back.
A second whale nearby is seen slapping the water with its tail, which is typically a way for whales to keep predators away.
A second whale then uses its tail, slapping it through the water to keep the shark away.
I have 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,” Hauser, president and director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation, told the Independent.