When A 25-Ton Whale Wouldn’t Let This Diver Get Away, She Soon Realized Her Life Was At Stake

The ocean can be a strange and scary place. Just imagining an unexpected encounter with a monster of the deep fills many people with terror. Small wonder, then, that even experienced marine biologist Nan Hauser feared for her life when a giant humpback whale began to push her around. But as Hauser discovered, the whale was actually trying to protect her from a far graver threat.

Image: via National Aquarium

Despite being terrified of the ocean while she was a kid, Hauser already knew that the open seas were where her future lay. She hoped to one day work with whales and dolphins – learning all that she could about the extraordinary creatures. And aside from career detours into art and nursing, that’s exactly the path that Hauser has followed.

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