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article imageVideo: Drone takes incredible shots of mother/calf humpback whale

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 15, 2014 in Technology
A mother and calf pair of humpback whales were enjoying their life in the wild when Filmmaker Justin Edwards found them with his drone. He was able to use his device to get some great shots of the animals without disturbing their habitat.
The drone itself was carrying a GoPro camera which has become quite popular recently. Digital journalists seem to run into quite a few stories involving the #GoPro movement. Edwards shared his experiences with the site DroneAbove and the video itself became very popular online.
Humpback Whales are being trapped in some areas of the pacific. While the developed world has many laws prohibiting the hunting of the whales they are sometimes caught in traps meant to catch other sea creatures. Although the video was shot off the coast of Maui these are concerns for whales all over the world.
Drones have also been praised for their capabilities in conservation studies. As you may note in the video having a drone fly way above the whales is much less disturbing than having some guy on a ship come in with a camera. They also have the advantage of being able to record areas that normal aircraft cannot fit into. Drones have even been used to protect endangered animals.
The final frontier for environmental drones is actually using them to clean up the environment. One drone in development shows some promise since it can theoretically suck up polluted water, remove contaminants and return the clean water to create a healthy environment.
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