True story: I once had a chance to swim with a massive humpback whale off the coast of Tahiti. It was terrifying and done in a part of the world where you can get close to one in the water. It was one of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had – getting so up close with such a massive creature.
A new video from Sea Shepherd shows drone footage of an endangered Blue whale and her calf swimming. If you’re unfamiliar with the Blue whale, it’s one of the largest mammals on earth. I can’t imagine what swimming with that would be like. The song of the humpback as I snorkeled with in French Polynesia was enough to send a shiver through my body. Just for fun, here’s me on the boat before I jumped in:
According to Sea Shepherd’s YouTube page, the video was shot in late January during Operation Icefish, during which the activists were trying to stop illegal toothfish operators in the “Antarctic shadowlands.” It’s unclear how large the Blue whale in this footage is, but Wikipedia suggests they can reach up to 98 feet in lenght and weigh as much as 200 tons.
Enjoy the quick clip below. It’s a new way to appreciate the types of views drones can give us that were otherwise, without something like a helicopter or plane, impossible to capture before.