A diver's expedition in the ocean almost turned deadly after a close encounter with a shark. But to her luck, a humpback whale was there to save the day.
Sounds like a cute Disney movie, right? But it's not. This actually happened IRL to Whale Biologist Nan Hauser from Brunswick, Maine.
The 63-year-old snorkeler captured the heart-stopping moment a 50,000-pound humpback whale protected her from a nearby shark. The video shows point-of-view footage from underwater where the giant sea animal is seen pushing Hauser with its head and mouth, and even tucking her under its pectoral fin to protect her from a nearby shark.
“If someone told me the story, I wouldn’t believe it,” Hauser, who's also president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation said to the Portland Press Herald. The publication reported that "whales are 'altruistic' and often hide seals from predators, but she has never experienced or read about anything about a whale protecting a human."
The incident occurred in October 2017 but it wasn't until January 2018 that it was published on YouTube, garnering over 3 million views.
Watch the shocking video below:
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