Drone footage of a Bryde’s whale lunging after prey

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Drone captures whales

By . Image credit AUT. 2016 june

Auckland University of Technology researchers have used drones to capture footage of whales feeding in the Gulf.
Post-graduate students Ticiana Fetterman and Lorenzo Fiori used a custom-built multi-rotor drone to film a Bryde’s whale lunging after prey, accompanied by a young calf.

Dr Barbara Bollard Breen, the students’ supervisor, says “drones could be a useful addition to boat surveys, for scientists who are studying the foraging behaviour of this critically threatened species.”

Around 50 Bryde’s whales are resident in the Gulf.

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