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Despite being one of the largest species of animals in all of history, not much is known about them. Sure, they’re mainly friendly in nature, but we have so much more to learn about these gentle beasts. One encounter that still baffles many people to this day occurred in the Cook Islands – a seasoned marine biologist found herself face to face with a mesmerizing yet intimidating humpback. Her experience with the underwater giant was simply unheard of at the time. Keep reading to find out what happened between the two.
1. Nan Hauser the Marine Biologist
Nan Hauser, a 63-year-old marine biologist with several decades of research and experience under her belt, dedicated her life to studying and helping whales. This Mainer has traveled the worldwide to collect as much information as possible, and she’s even spent time on fighting for whale protection and rights. One of the perks of working as a marine biologist is spending plenty of time at sea, and while she’s an expert swimmer and paddler, nothing could have prepared her for what took place in September 2017.