Whales may be the largest animal on Earth, but there’s actually very little that we know about them. These gigantic mammals are incredibly powerful, but, at the same time, they are gentle and non-aggressive. There is still a lot we don’t know about how whales operate, but one marine biologist’s experience has shed some light on their mysterious behavior.
In 2017, Nan Hauser was swimming right off the coast of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. The area is officially a whale sanctuary, and the marine biologist regularly encountered humpback whales. But, on this day, something exceptionally unusual happened, which forever changed the way she thought about these gentle creatures.
Find out what happened and why this experience had an impact on the marine biology community.