A flying drone captured rare footage of what scientists believe is a mother pygmy blue whale nursing her calf off the western coast of New Zealand. According to National Geographic, Leigh Torres, the marine ecologist who made the discovery, was on a research vessel with her team when they spotted the pair on Feb. 5. They kept their distance as they launched a drone into the sky to film the floating duo.
“We had no idea they were [likely nursing] when we saw them from the vessel,” Torres told National Geographic. “But from the overhead perspective we could clearly see this coordinated behavior between mother and calf. It was beautiful to see.”
This is the kind of story that renews my faith in both mankind and technology. It is hard to imagine how powerful this kind of footage could be in garnering the necessary support to ensure that the habitat can be intelligently shared by Moms and humans together.