Marine biologist says whale protected her from 15-foot tiger shark

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(WTHR) — A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a nearby tiger shark in the South Pacific, NBC4 reported.

Nan Hauser said she thought the 25-ton whale was acting oddly. That's when she saw the shark.

Hauser is the president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. In an interview with the Portland Press Herald she said that whales are altruistic, often hiding seals from predators.

Her research companion also saw the shark and decided to shut off the camera for fear of what might happen next.

But Hauser kept rolling.

Although, Hauser can't know what the whale was thinking, she's convinced it was protecting her.

NBC4 reported that she suffered some bruising and scratches from the whale encounter but was otherwise unharmed.