Hearty beach-goers, take heed.
Just in time for summer, a drone, operated by cruise service Eco Abrolhos, recently captured incredible footage of 70 tiger sharks feeding on a dead humpback whale. The drone came across the feeding frenzy as it was following two boatloads of tourists in Dirk Hartog Island, off the western coast of Australia.
Passengers came across the sharks while cruising through Shark Bay—a 500 mile area north of Perth known for its large marine animals and (as the name implies) high concentration of tiger sharks.
“We immediately went there and hung around for two hours,” drone operator Jay Cox said. “We got as close to the sharks as we wanted. It was absolutely amazing.”
Another example of drones going where no humans have gone before, tourist (and witness) Neil Edwards told CBS News: “This was truly amazing to witness this act of nature. The drone and GoPro footage far exceeded my videos and pictures. Thank you Jay and crew for taking us here to view this incredible feeding frenzy.”
While it’s unclear if the whale was hunted or already dead, the footage reminds us just how much of a bloody mess nature can be.
For past Drone of the Week features:
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- ‘Bomb-Sniffing’ UAVs Can Detect Nuclear Weapons
- This Unmanned Aircraft Flies With Only One Moving Part
- How the Air Force Plans to Develop Shape-Shifting UAVs
- Watch this Drone Catapult into Pork Because Science
- Your Own Personal VTOL Aerial Transporter
- This Chainsaw Drone Is the Stuff of Nightmares
- Why the Army Needs Bumblebee-Sized UAVs
- After Two Months, UAV Can Launch Itself From the Nautical Depths
- How This Delivery Copter is Helping HIV-Positive Kids in Africa
- UAV Takes on McLaren in Epic High-Speed Race
- UAVs to Spot Sharks (and Their Victims) in Land Down Under
- 5 Drones Straight Out of This Year’s NY Toy Fair
- Military Tests Lightning-Fast Quadcopter for Indoor Surveillance
- How Google is Using UAVs to Blast 5G Internet from the Sky
- A ‘Crazy’ Copter That Dives Underwater
- German UAV Lands on Moving Vehicle
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