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When A 25-Ton Whale Wouldn’t Leave Her Alone, She Soon Realized Her Fate

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One day the experienced marine biologist Nan Hauser was swimming as usual with wildlife when suddenly a giant humpback whale began to aggressively push her. That was something she never experienced before and realized that her life was in a great danger.

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Experience With Ocean Wildlife

Nan Hauser is one of the most recognized whale experts worldwide. She lives on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean and she is the leading investigator for the Whale Research Project of that area. Therefore, she has to dive almost every day.

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A Recognized Whale Expert

Nan also makes educational films about whales (their biology, behavior, genetics, and migration). She is used to having close encounters with them, so she has forged a great bond with them; well that’s she thought at least.

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The Place of Her Studies

Nan helped to turn the Cook Islands territorial waters (772,200 square miles) into a whale sanctuary. Therefore, is the ideal location for an oceanic researcher as her to establish a base of studies/operations.

The Cook Islands’ marine sanctuary, Marae Moana, is a paradise of biodiversity. It’s the home of 21 species of dolphins and whales, 16 shark species, and over 600 types of fish.

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Another Usual Day On The Job

Nan was having another usual day on her job: diving in the waters of Rarotonga when she had a unique whale experience that even an expert scientist like her couldn’t predict. A humpback whale suddenly approached her, so “instead of keep swimming to past me, he came towards me and he didn’t stop until having me on his head,” she recalled.

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A Very Scary Moment

The giant which weights around 25 tons and measuring around 50 feet began rolling Nan around his massive frame. Although she has said she is not afraid of whales, at that moment she feared for her life because the whale has acted so unpredictable and didn’t know what would happen next.

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Uncommon Reaction

In all her years of observing and studying these impressive sea creatures, Nan has never seen an unexpected behavior like this. “He was trying to put me on his head, or belly, or back and then put me under his massive pectoral fin,” she said.

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Fearing For Her Life

The whole incident was recorded by Nan and her staff. The footage shows how the whale is swimming from deep towards the sea biologist. After surfacing for air, the massive creature repeatedly pushed her with its tail and head.

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A Normal Day Turned Into A Nightmare

Nan had never feared her dear whales before. But what happened that day? Was something she did that disturbed the creature? At that moment she had to nothing but cede and pray she would escape somehow against its colossal weight.

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Battered And Pushed

“I have been diving with whales for 28 years, and this is was an unusual behavior. It’s weird,” she detailed. For over 10 minutes, the sea giant relentlessly pushed her around. Nan explains with a single blow of its huge tail or fin would be enough to kill her in a second.

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Trying To Keep Calm

However, the experienced scientist tried not to panic. “I stayed calm although I was sure that it was going to be a deadly encounter,” Nan said. Due to she was completely focused on escaping, she managed to find a chance to move away from the whale. However, that’s when she realized the real threat.

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What Now?

As Nan approached the boat, she saw another creature towards her direction. What should she do now?

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Oh My God

When the big animal began swimming towards her, “When I saw that its tail was moving side to side instead of up and down, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Oh my God!’,” she explained. Although someone as Nan is always prepared for the worst, she felt tired and breathless; “My mind went totally blank at that moment. I couldn’t think of how to escape from a situation like this,” she added.

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Shark!

It results that the real threat was a huge tiger shark that was approaching fast and Nan’s heart was pounded as she tried to think focused about how to act in a way so she couldn’t catch the shark’s attention and attack her.

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Totally Surrounded

Nan was surrounded by the whale and the approaching tiger shark, so she had no escape. She didn’t know what to do: if she should swim away or just wait to see what would happen. However, when the shark began to get closer, she had realized about something astonishing.

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Trying To Protect Her

When the shark was approaching, Nan realized what the whale had actually done. Amazingly, it had been protecting her from the approaching predator. She had heard of whales protecting other animals from predators before, but this was indeed the first time she knew of a whale protecting a human.

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Gentle Giant of The Sea

It seemed that the whale certainly has living up to its reputation as the “gentle giant” of the sea. A humpback whale can reach 60 feet in length and 40 tons in weight and its diet is based on tiny sea creatures and plankton. Moreover, Nan has heard many stories of humpbacks protecting and saving other animals (like seals) from predators (usually killer whales).

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Motivation Of The Whales

What motivates whales to do such altruistic acts is highly debated. Fred Sharpe, a biologist from the Alaska Whale Foundation, explained in August 2017, “Whales direct their behavior for the benefit of other species.”

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Whales’ Protecting Intuition

According to the biologist, whales’ protecting intuition can be compared to firemen being willing to rush into a place on fire to help save the lives of others they do not know.

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Protectors Of The Sea

Although scientists don’t have an exact consensus about what the whale tried to do with that behavior, that experience marked Nan’s life forever. “It’s ironic, I have spent years protecting whales and at that moment I couldn’t realize they were protecting me,” she said.

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Pure Altruism

“Besides, there is a scientific report about humpback whales protecting other animals by Robert Pitman. For instance, they can help to hide seals under their pectoral fins to protect them from killer whales at the risk of being also attacked and even lost their own lives. That’s a display of pure altruism,” Nan Hauser explained.

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Fear Of Diving Into The Water Again?

The experienced sea biologist hopes that the footage she and her team were able to record would help to expand research and awareness about whales’ behaviors.

When Nan was asked if because of that incident made her afraid to dive into the water again, her answer was: “Never.”

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NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping

Mackenzie Freeman

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The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.

A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond

Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.

Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.

A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance

When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.

Millennium Returns from Connecticut

Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.

Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.

Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.

But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.

Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.

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Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!

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No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!

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Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!

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With the state that the airline industry is currently in, flying comfortably can be a challenging quest to undertake. Despite how uncomfortable flying can be, air travel has become the beating heart that connects every nation on our planet. Knowing that air travel is so important, we felt that it was vital to understand what best to wear during our travels. Today, we are going to highlight everything that airline passengers should avoid wearing while flying!

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