Rare images of blue whale feeding behavior

Well blue whales are the biggest animals on
Earth and it’s amazing their ecology how they have to make a life in the ocean feeding on
the smallest, well some of the smallest animals in the ocean, these little bitty krill. We were lucky enough to film a surface lunge
feeding blue whale which was really remarkable. This is something we often see from the boat
and we see these splashing and we can tell the animals turns on its side but with the
drone we were able to get this remarkable new perspective so yes so here we see the
animal recognize that there’s a big krill patch, he turns right towards turns on his
side pumps his flukes, opens his mouth and just lunges right for it and it’s just an
amazing sequence of events. So we know that these animals have huge energetic
demands because they are so big but it takes a lot of energy every time a blue whale opens
its mouth it’s like putting on the brakes so it slows way down. So these animals have to make decisions about
what’s worth opening their mouth for. So this is this some pretty cool sequence
here where you can actually see the animal look at a krill patch, turn on its side like
it might feed on it open its mouth right here, but then it decides nope not worth it and
he sort of just decides to keep going and moves right on past it. The animals don’t notice that the drone is
above them there so it’s a great way to film their behavior without disturbing their behavior
at unlike other aerial methods which like a helicopter or a plane that can’t hover or
makes a lot of noise. These animals are living and feeding within
an area where there’s lots of human activity. There’s oil and gas operation, there’s a seabed
mining permit application going on, there’s a lot of vessel traffic, so amongst all of
that activity these animals need to be able to find their food and feed efficiently so
the more we know about how they’re finding food and what makes good food for them it’ll
help us be able to manage their population and make sure that human activities aren’t
impacting them too much.


  1. RonPaulgirls April 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm


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  3. Project South Taranaki Reef Life April 19, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Absolutely stunning!! I had no idea krill congregates in this manner – such that it is visible from a drone! And it makes a lot of sense about energy v reward – thank you so much for this amazing footage and the explanatory comments:)

  4. Roberto Silva April 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Just fantastic!!

  5. Ninja Of The Darkness April 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm


  6. Cucu Ca April 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    What a majestic beings!!!!All the best to them!

  7. Andrés Inchausti April 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    pero enfoca a la ballena comer la concha de tu madree

  8. Mike Maez April 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Amazing footage!

  9. thakrak April 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Really cool footage. Thanks for showing us 🙂

  10. ZOMBIE April 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    ok, now everyone is talking about "Blue Whale" and this appears, thx for making dis funny

  11. Optimisticpaint April 19, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Wonderful, thank you so much for sharing your fascinating research and beautiful imagery.

  12. Larry Phischman April 20, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Poor krill.

  13. Diabolus Gurzil April 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    reminded me of slither.io

  14. Juan Carlos Mancipe Hoyos April 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm


  15. Xavi Sánchez April 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    awesomeness!!. Magnificent animals.

  16. Alex April 21, 2017 at 11:43 am

    when even opening the month is too much work for you…

  17. RIBIT April 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Proof that Blue Whales are sentient beings who thing before they open their mouth.

  18. Petter Mawad William Rophael April 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Why did they focus more on its tail than the krill patch while it was eating?

  19. Pat Stokes April 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I've always wondered what these eggs heads mean when they talk about "management there population". The whales in the 1800 & 1900 century also managed their populations. It doesn't mean anything. It just another word for intuiting on some poor animals life. They should say managing human activity, which they are not going to do..

  20. MaxiSota April 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Awesome drone video ! Will vegetarians protest to protect the krill? Cow farts today, krill tomorrow.

  21. Kersten April 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    hmmmm, what a smell of suicide

  22. Novem Ber April 22, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    God's creations are indeed stunning. How marvellous!

  23. Guillermo Castellanos April 24, 2017 at 3:34 am


  24. Michał Cisowski April 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Nature is so awesome

  25. Teri Melton April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Yet one more brilliant use of drones. Thank you so much for the explanation.

  26. Jesús Alejandro Ruiz April 27, 2017 at 3:26 am


  27. Adam A April 28, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful work.

  28. Саша&Полина усадьба КАМАТРА April 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Как бы я хотел заниматься подобными вещами, и что бы за это платили))) И труд и удовольствие))) Крым, Россия)))

  29. Саша&Полина усадьба КАМАТРА April 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    As much as I wanted to do such things, and that would pay for it))) And the labor and pleasure))) Crimea, Russia)))

  30. Palnegrion May 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Is it just me or that woman kinda looks like Nicholas Cage. Whales are cool btw.

  31. Shing Chau Leung May 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    0:52 I thought she was describing land whale

  32. Roger Fernandes May 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for the incredible footage, my favorite animal

  33. Rbnh98 May 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    It's Big we all know but we don't see the clear perspective up from the sky….So it would be cool if someone puts different animals/or daily objects beside these beasts ( in animation, duh ) to teach and make us understand about the massive size lurking beneath the ocean

  34. SrgtBarney June 2, 2017 at 7:34 am

    God, in real time speed, that fucker missiles into his meal like no tomorrow

  35. Tony June 9, 2017 at 3:40 am

    holy shit that shot was amazing. this has to win some sort of prize or something

  36. Kyle Pendrop June 20, 2017 at 5:05 am

    0:21 Wow that is one ugly lady.

  37. RD Y July 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Look at them stupid krill, not moving shit for a ton-o-whale

  38. Christon Han July 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

    God is pretty amazing to create these magnificent beasts!

  39. RobotSlug July 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    That was beautiful, thank you. Don't stop, the world needs to see the beauty of these animals before its too late.

  40. Pamela Chu July 19, 2017 at 2:57 am

    that's how I look after salvia.

  41. Easy How To July 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

    this the type of chick to look like andy kaufman and love whales.

  42. Tony Music July 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I finally bought the limited edition Thesaurus from Amazon that I've always wanted. When I opened it, all the pages were blank.

    I have no words to describe how angry I am.

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  44. REDandBLUEandORANGE July 26, 2017 at 2:53 am

    them chill be like nice knowing you guys

  45. Sound Police July 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Please no music on documentary, especially while people are talking! So disturbing!

  46. Brandon Sergent August 23, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Wow… Why did the camera operator pan down at the worst possible moment? Still, glorious footage.

  47. NicholasDu4 September 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    The 2nd patch of krill… That whale did not decide to not eat… It opened its mouth slightly, to grab a smaller, proportionate amount of krill. Even smarter!

  48. mikesPOTCO September 8, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    All I saw was thousands of lives being taken. That heartless monster of a whale.

  49. jsbrown51 September 19, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Amazing footage but why on earth did somebody feel the soundtrack was more important than the narration?

  50. Tiago da Silva October 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Great video! But next time, hire a sound engineer! I can hear RF dropouts, I can hear clothing rustle, the lav mic is in a poor position and muffling the voice. And then post sound made no effort to fix any of those issues. dasilvasoud.com next time 😉

  51. manolo pos eso November 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    am i the only one who think that she is like transgender nicolas cage?

  52. Karen Jacobsen January 15, 2018 at 10:24 pm


  53. Himmat Bajwa January 28, 2018 at 6:47 am

    ,u r extremely good.. gud job

  54. abdul Khna. July 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    very funny

  55. abdul Khna. July 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hindi film song this is wrong this is the wrong

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  57. Vali Basha January 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Nice footage madam.

  58. FKMT OSTs February 14, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    nicolas cage

  59. Lâm Trần February 25, 2019 at 8:37 am

    great creature of natural !

  60. Afrèén U April 29, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome madam. Please share more about the blue whale

  61. Amy Jeane May 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Amazing footage, congratulations on your fantastic work

  62. CDBthe3rd May 29, 2019 at 3:05 am

    How could anybody not be in awe of an incredible creature like this. The biggest creature on earth, feeds on one of the smallest…. amazing world we live in…

  63. Carlisle Jones August 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    this video is not so educational

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