Here’s an incredible story – and video – about a 50,000-pound humpback whale protecting a diver in the South Pacific from a tiger shark by hiding her under his pectoral fin. “I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes,” Nan Hauser, a 63-year-old biologist, told the Daily Mirror.
Hauser was diving from a research vessel off Muri Beach, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, when the whale started moving her away from the 15-foot shark. She didn’t see the shark, but the whale started pushing her gently with his head to maneuver her away from the predator, hid her under his pectoral fin and even lifted her out of the water at one point.
After the shark went away and she surfaced and climbed on her boat, the whale also surfaced, as if to check on her. “I love you,” she calls out, “I love you.”