Drone Catches Rare and Super Serene Footage of Endangered Whales Near New Zealand

Drone Catches Rare and Super Serene Footage of Endangered Whales Near New Zealand
Source: Shutterstock.com
Source: Shutterstock.com

Rare drone footage of endangered Bryde's Whales swimming off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand may just out-serene any CD of ocean sounds.

Researchers from the Auckland University of Technology were originally observing dolphins with their custom-made, water-proof drone when they caught sight of a 40-foot whale feeding its calf in what's called "lunge feeding."

The drone allowed for them to capture footage in an unprecedented way. 

"When we go in by boat, the boat's presence disturbs the animal," researcher Dr. Barbara Bollard Breen told CNN. "With a drone, we can park off and record without disturbing. We are seeing animals play at depths with things we can't see in the boat." 

The whales eat plankton that's just below the surface of the water, but not many humans have seen this. 

This precious moment is almost never caught on tape, or even seen by human eyes. In fact, there's only about 200 of these Bryde's Whales left in the waters of New Zealand. 

"I was in awe of these creatures," Breen said in a quote in the video. "Never before have I seen anything like this. There is no way we would see so much detail from a boat-based survey."

Watch the video below:

Source: YouTube

Read more:
• Extinct "Killer Sperm Whales" Terrorized Ancient Oceans With Their Enormous Teeth
 Drone Captures Aerial Footage of Broken Cargo Ship Near Taiwan Spilling Oil Into the Sea
 Someone Flew a Drone Through Chernobyl and the Result Is Haunting

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Kathleen Wong

Kathleen is a branded content staff writer at Mic. She is based in New York and can be reached at kathleen@mic.com.

MORE FROM

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”