Drone Video Captures Humpback Whales Playing in the Ocean
Every year, humpback whales return to the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii to mate, give birth, and nurse their young. YouTube user Uheheu captured some incredible footage of the majestic animals swimming and splashing around by sending up a camera-equipped drone to document the whales in action. The video was taken over the course of several months and then edited into a compilation of all of the best moments.
Earlier this year, there was a great deal of concern that Hawaii's whales had gone "missing"—considered another omen of the ill effects of global warming—as the endangered species had not been spotted in Hawaiian waters during their usual time frame. Turns out that the humpback whales were simply operating on whale standard time, returning to the Aloha state a little later than usual and are now back to breeding and nursing their offspring on-schedule.