Nan Hauser has made it her life’s mission to research and protect humpback whales. At 63 years old, the marine biologist has spent the last thirty years living in the Cook Islands, where she spends her time helping as many whales as she can.
Part of her job as the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation is to document everything she can about whales. That is, how do they behave? And how do they move? Hauser has to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, which means that she often gets to swim alongside them. Although these swims have become pretty much routine, Hauser experienced something unusual, to say the least.