VIDEO: Researchers record extraordinary footage of rare white southern right whale calf

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Researchers in Australia have recorded extraordinary video footage of a rare white southern right whale calf.

Marine biologists from Murdoch University’s Cetacean Research Unit took drone footage of the whales off Augusta in southwest Australia. They are leading a collaborative research project with a team from Aarhus University in Denmark.

The scientists are using a suite of innovative technologies, including suction cup tags and drones to assess fine-scale movements, acoustic communications, ambient noise, calf suckling rates and body condition of southern right whales.

In doing so, the team hopes to better understand the behavior of the whales in their breeding and calving grounds, and how human activities may influence behavioral patterns, including suckling rates of calves.

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