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Dolphins Filmed Playing With Whales In Stunning Drone Footage

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Dolphins Filmed Playing With Whales In Stunning Drone Footage

Perspective is everything. Sure, everybody knows that, depending on the kind, whales can be absolutely massive, but we need something to compare it to in order to fully comprehend how big 'massive' actually is. Well, this video should help:

Filmed on July 11 by videographer/photographer Jaimen Hudson and posted to his Facebook page, it shows you just how huge the Southern Right whales in the video are, because they absolutely dwarf the dolphins who are swimming around them.

The video shows a group of dolphins - or a pod, to use the correct terms - interacting with three whales, one solo whale and one mother with her baby calf. Filmed off the southern coast of Australia, it's clear, when compared to the dolphins, that even the calf is absolutely huge.

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Credit: Jaimen Hudson
Credit: Jaimen Hudson

"It is only the second time I have filmed whales and dolphins interacting like this," said Jaimen.

"The two species interacted for about 45 minutes. It appeared that the dolphins would swim between the solo whale and the mother and calf that were located about 100m away.

"The whales are Southern Right Whales. They migrate from Antarctica to the Southern half of Australia between the months of June and October each year. They do so to rear their young in our calmer waters."

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It's one of a number of recent sightings that shows whales and dolphins interacting with each other. One video captured the staggering sight of about 1,500 dolphins (and no, that's not a typo) racing alongside a mother and its calf in California.

Credit: Jaimen Hudson
Credit: Jaimen Hudson

Southern Right whales are part of the baleen family, which includes humpbacks and blue whales - the largest animal to ever exist. Blue whales can reach up to 30 metres in length and are suitably heavy - the maximum record weight to date is 173 tonnes. Which is a hefty old amount.

Thankfully, advances in technology means that drones can capture the scale of these incredible creatures.

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Because even on those rare occasions when one happens to get very close - as when we reported on this incredible encounter - you don't see the full extent of its size because you're so close.

Obviously you know it's massive, but it's videos like this, taken from afar, that really show just enormous they are.

Featured Image Credit: Jaimen Hudson

Topics: Viral, News, Whales, Animals, Australia

Mischa Pearlmen
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