An aerial drone has captured unique footage of a mother pigmy blue whale nursing her calf off the South Taranaki Bight region of New Zealand. The incredible dronography was taken by a small drone off the western coast of New Zealand in early February. This drone footage is educational and documents the nursing behavior of this endangered marine species. The blue whale is currently endangered because of over hunting.
According to National Geographic, marine ecologist Leigh Torres and a team of researchers were out in a boat off the coast of Taranaki, New Zealand, where they came to study the local population of blue whales, the largest known species living on Earth today, with each whale weighing as much as 400,000 pounds.
The Oregon State University professor, who was in New Zealand for a research trip in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, said the moment was a highlight of her six-week visit. Torres viewed five pairs of mothers and calves in a small area during her New Zealand trip, giving her hope that the whale population is recovering.
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