Researchers from Australia’s Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) used drones to capture footage of a rare white southern right whale calf in Flinders Bay, south of Western Australia.
Dr. Fredrik Christiansen and Professor Lars Bejder used the technology during a whale study in collaboration with Professor Peter T. Madsen from Aarhus University in Denmark. The research has deployed several different technologies, including drones and suction cup tags, to unveil mysteries surrounding the whales by assessing fine-scale movements, acoustic communications, ambient noise, calf suckling rates and body condition of southern right whales. The Southern right whale calf swimming and playing by its mother’s side is said to be very rare. The southern right whale is one of three species classified as right whales.