To date, Hauser’s encounter is the only documented case that involves a human.
“Even though it was an absolutely crazy experience, I feel so honored to have had it happen,” Hauser said. “It’s an incredible quality that they’ll go rushing into a dangerous situation for the sake of someone else.”
While Hauser did experience a bit of bruising from the encounter, it didn’t stop her from going into the same waters four days later, on her birthday. A female humpback followed their boat for miles, and kept breaching up out of the water as if to gain their attention.