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Animals are incredibly bright and well-aware of their surroundings, like this humpback whale in the waters off Muri Beach of Rarotonga. Snorkeler and whale biologist Nan Daeschler Hauser encountered this 50,000-pound whale and walked away with incredible footage and her life. While circling around the mammal, Nan could tell the whale was abnormally touchy and it wasn't until she saw a 15-foot tiger shark that she realized why.

The 63-year-old snorkeler believes this behavior is proof of the whale's intuitive nature to protect other species, she just had no idea she would be on the receiving end. Nan joins our RightThisMinute hosts via Skype to share her remarkable experience with an extraordinary creature.

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