About a week ago, a drone caught this amazing footage of a group of sharks prowling the waters off the coast of Florida. And earlier this summer, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute reported that they had used drones to fly through the spouts of whales to sample their breath.
This article, Paddleboarder dwarfed by whales in new drone-captured video, originally appeared on CNET.com.
Now, an Australian man has added to the video collection that teams drones with oceanic life.
Jaimen Hudson, a resident of the town of Esperance on Australia’s southwestern coast, heard that there were whales spotted in nearby waters. He quickly headed to the parking lot near the sea and launched his camera-equipped drone out over the ocean. The result is the completely captivating footage, posted Thursday, that you see above.
What makes the short clip even more mesmerizing is that fellow local Dave Price was out paddleboarding when the whales came close. The contrast between the diminutive-looking Price and the whales really gives you an idea of the grandeur of the creatures. The background soundtrack of Jack Johnson’s version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” makes the scene that much sweeter.
“There was one time when the whales lifted their heads up looked up over Pricey’s board, they were so inquisitive and wanted to know what he was,” Jaimen told his local affiliate of Australian news outlet ABC. “I don’t think it was dangerous; the whales moved to where he was and the whole time they were very slow moving and peaceful.”
You do have to wonder, though, just how peaceful Price felt with the behemoths swimming beneath him with nothing separating him from them but a thin piece of fiberglass.
Truly amazing, especially if you have ever seen whales up close and personal. This guy has got some real cojones. Holy cow!
I was on a whale watching expedition about 10 years ago off the coast of Maui and I must say, I have never seen any living mammal larger than when I saw the humpback whales “breach”. Truly spectacular. I think everyone should have that on their bucket list! It looked more like this….
Written by Nancy Hayes
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