The Heartwarming Story of How a Humpback Whale Saved a Scientist from a Tiger Shark

The Heartwarming Story of How a Humpback Whale Saved a Scientist from a Tiger Shark

Humpback whales are extraordinary creatures. We know for certain that they’re incredibly intelligent. We know they exhibit many of the same behaviors humans do. They are social animals, remaining close to their families for the majority of their lives. They communicate with each other in ways we have yet to understand. Their capabilities, in fact, might be older than our own. Millions of years ago, well before the last common ancestor of the great apes (which humans have been linked to) was moving around the planet, whale brains underwent a rapid increase in size.

“If an alien came down anytime prior to about 1.5 million years ago to communicate with the ‘brainiest’ animals on Earth,” Lori Marino, an evolutionary neurobiologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, told Wired magazine, “they would have tripped over our own ancestors and headed straight for the oceans to converse with the dolphins.”

Still, though, it’s not often that a humpback whale saves a human life. They’re known to be altruistic creatures, regularly protecting other animals from threat with no perceived benefit to themselves. And that’s exactly what happened a few years ago to whale scientist Nan Hauser.

Above, she tells the incredible story of how a humpback saved her from a potential shark attack — and perhaps even more incredibly, what happened when they met again.

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Glowing alien squid is the star attraction in the Ocean Photography Awards 2021

Glowing alien squid is the star attraction in the Ocean Photography Awards 2021

The finalists for this year’s Ocean Photography Awards have just been announced, and this year’s high standard of submissions provide a rich and varied look at the ocean, from multicoloured squid and translucent deep-sea creatures to very curious sea lions and split-shots of crocodiles at sunset.

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However, as we too well know, human interaction with the ocean isn’t always positive. The dangers of ghost fishing lines and discarded face masks to aquatic species are something all-too-common, while vast trawler nets and melting ice remind us that the health of the world’s oceans are under constant threat.

The Ocean Photography Awards has a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces. The winners of this year’s Awards will be announced via a series of films between 10 and 16 September 10, and released on the Ocean Photography Awards Instagram page.

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Slideshow: Ocean Photography Awards 2021 finalists

Slideshow: Ocean Photography Awards 2021 finalists

Finalists across six categories, including Collective Portfolio, Youth Photographer of the Year, and Conservation have been announced for the second annual Ocean Photography Awards. Public voting to decide the winners is currently open. Winners will be announced in a series of videos that will air September 10th – 16th. An open-air exhibition will be available to the public on September 17th alone the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge.

'As a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, I appreciate what it takes to capture extraordinary photographs of the ocean: passion, skill and commitment to your craft. The finalists of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 display those assets in abundance. Their images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colour and wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we are inflicting upon it,' says Marc A Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain – one of the contest's partners.

All finalists can be viewed on the Ocean Photography Awards homepage.

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If Tony Stark would ever get a luxury yacht it would be this futuristic 165 feet long zero-emission vessel that comes complete with a three-story vertical garden

If Tony Stark would ever get a luxury yacht it would be this futuristic 165 feet long zero-emission vessel that comes complete with a three-story vertical garden


Design studio Hidden Portside is amalgamating the elegance of the past with the vision of the future. The result of this is a sustainability-focused, 50-meter superyacht concept named Naboo. The Barcelona-based design studio has left no stone unturned to ensure that eco-friendly and zero-emissions are words one can associate with luxury. Naboo features all of that along with a striking and never-seen-before design-savvy aesthetic. The sleek silver superyacht houses ten guests in four VIP suites and the owner’s suite.


A crew of eight can be comfortable in quarters below deck, including an exclusive galley for their use. This conceptual creation highlights a 95sqm inner patio connected through a vertical garden and a 65sqm beach club complete with a Jacuzzi and bar that forms the central core of the three decks. Naboo, the vessel, is profoundly inspired by Naboo, the fictional planet in Star Wars, which explains the affluence of greenery. Perched above the 1,000 square feet sprawling inner patio is a beach club on the main deck flaunting a secondary Jacuzzi and bar as well.

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The owner’s cabin also features a Jacuzzi and plenty of lounge space in its 355-foot private terrace located aft on the bridge deck. You will find an open layout on the main deck with “chef’s house” leading down to a second galley on the lower deck. To make this concept as sustainable as possible, in addition to the electric propulsion and solar panel system on the roof, the materials used for its fabrication are recycled aluminum and synthetic teak.

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Pictures of a monster wave off the coast of Perth has shocked surfers

Pictures of a monster wave off the coast of Perth has shocked surfers

Monster wave at one of Australia's most famous surf breaks shocks even the most hardcore of surfers – so would you be game to drop in?

Photographer Matt Macdonald has captured an insane image of a famous wave The Right is one of the world's heaviest and most dangerous swells for surfersThe huge break is located near Walpole, off the south coast of Western AustraliaThe wave only occurs when storms and lower latitudes form the massive swells 

A monster wave at one of Australia's most famous surf spots has shocked even the most hardcore surfers - and only the bravest would ever dare to drop in.

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Laird Hamilton Foil Surfs a Chicama Leg Burner for 3 Minutes Straight

Laird Hamilton Foil Surfs a Chicama Leg Burner for 3 Minutes Straight

Laird Hamilton changed surfing. The tow movement can be largely attributed to him and the Strapped Crew trying new things on waves that were thought of as too big to surfed. He was foiling well before it was as popular as it is now. The popularity of standup paddling skyrocketed largely in part to his exploits. He’s been ahead of the game for decades now, and despite the love-him-or-hate-him persona, it can’t be denied that he changed the course of riding waves for every surfer on Earth.

Which is why it’s always interesting to see what he’s up to. He headed to Chicama — a wave often called the longest left in the world — and pulled out his foil board. It’s clear, even as he ages, he’s still got that certain something that put him at the forefront of so many movements.

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A Local's Guide to Costa Rica

A Local's Guide to Costa Rica

Are there any other projects or people working in Costa Rica that you admire?

We are currently collaborating with Zunya, a regenerative project and art community in Santa Teresa. We are starting to recover marine plastic from stations placed at the beach and turn it into sculptures. Zunya is inviting artists to intervene in the town with plastic debris installations, not just to upcycle waste but to create awareness.

What excites you about the country right now and what challenges is it facing?

I'm excited that Costa Rica has somehow managed to survive the crisis the pandemic brought. We have been able to enjoy nature independently of the virus. And that's truly a gift to me, to be able to find peace in the wilderness. One of the most important challenges we face is urban planning, controlling and limiting the huge housing developments coming to our beautiful preserved coastal communities.

Where are your favorite places for nature?

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Kate Bellm’s sun-soaked photos are an ode to island life

Kate Bellm’s sun-soaked photos are an ode to island life

Kate Bellm published AMOR — a compilation of sexy, rock ‘n’ roll photographs she’d taken during 10 years of travelling between Paris, London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles — at the start of the pandemic. Little did she know, like billions of people around the world, that she’d be confined to her home — Deia, Mallorca — from that day on. As such, her latest photo book LA ISLA is an “ode to island life”, she says. “The island girls underwater, fishing, catching sea urchins and starfish. It's about exploring this island, all the flora and fauna. I've been blown away by how amazing it is this year, how it changes and shifts through the seasons and the community that lives here.”

Kate’s currently in the process of buying a hotel with a collective of Mallorcan creatives — painters, carpenters, sculptors and her husband, who she calls a “master of cactuses”. It’s one of the oldest buildings on the island, “the Chateau Marmont of the area,” and their plan is to transform it from a tired hotel into an agritourism business with a huge farm, lots of fruit trees and roaming chickens that eat all the leftover food. “We’re really excited about changing the face of tourism a little bit here.”

Although it’s been a slower-paced life than she’s used to (Kate truly believed she’d go “stir crazy”), the island has provided the British photographer with ample inspiration. She’s been lucky to continue collaborating with Vogue Spain, and brands like Mango and Zara, who are bringing work to her. “It's nice to see them using their own islands and the people of these islands to make stuff happen,” she says. “It's been a much more local approach.”

But it’s the book that has given Kate a sense of purpose in a period of island confinement, as Spain still grapples with the pandemic. “Every day there's a meaning to go and shoot that cactus or that flower or find the sunset spot,” she says. “It's been so inspiring to see this island from so many different sides and viewpoints and take different girls around and get into what they're doing, whether they be a painter or sculptor.”

Each of Kate’s photos is its own summer adventure: her friends make paella on the waterfront of a remote fisherman's village, setting up a little table and paddling in gas canisters, the giant dish, ingredients and wine. Her Spanish muse Marina rides a white horse for the first time ever, bareback. “She's riding around on this horse [naked] with only her pink crocs on and I'm like, ‘Get the crocs off’. She's just cracking everybody up. We had such a laugh.”

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Plymouth's historic love for swimming in photos old and new

Plymouth's historic love for swimming in photos old and new

Plymouth's affinity with the water is no secret. We have been home to Olympic medallists, record breakers and, of course, have a long-standing naval connection.

Perhaps the most iconic place to swim in Britain’s Ocean City is the Hoe. For years the area has been a favourite spot for Plymothians to strip off and cool off.

In the 1800s, bathing on The Hoe was commonplace. There were mobile changing rooms which allowed people to change and wade into the Sound, and men and women alike took to the water - although it must be noted that they were expected to be separated and dressed appropriately for the time (forget bikinis).

Promenade Pier on Plymouth Hoe, also known simply as Plymouth Pier, was local man Ernest Lancaster's idea and was built by acclaimed architect Eugenius Birch (Image: The Richard Riding Collection/National Piers Society)

During this period, the Hoe was home to its famous Promenade Pier, which attracted tourists in its own right. As a result of this and an already booming domestic tourism industry between the wars, Plymouth invested in its iconic Tinside Lido.

Built and opened in 1935, the outdoor swimming pool was designed by architect John Wibberley. 180 feet in diameter, the reinforced concrete structure is filled with seawater and varied in depth from two feet to an amazing nine feet at its deepest.

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