Maintaining Her Calm
Because humpback whales don’t have teeth but instead have sheets of soft baleen in their mouth, staying near the whale’s head was probably the safest place for her to be.
Despite this, Nan knew she needed to get as far away from the whale as possible.
Nan had to remain as calm and collected as possible to accomplish this. However, if the whale detected any change in her behavior, he might adjust his own, something she wasn’t ready to risk.