While researching pygmy blue whales in the South Taranaki Bight region of New Zealand, Leigh Torres used a drone to capture footage of a baby blue whale nursing. This is believed to be the first time that aerial footage has documented the nursing behavior of this endangered marine species.
Torres, a National Geographic Society/Waitt grantee, hopes her research will lead to strategies that will help protect the blue whale population in the bight, which is open to oil and gas development.
Click here to read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160302-blue-whale-mother-calf-nursing-video-pygmy-new-zealand/
Click here to learn more about blue whales: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/blue-whale-interactive/
Read Torres’s blog to learn more about her research: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__blogs.oregonstate.edu_gemmlab_&d=CwMFaQ&c=uw6TLu4hwhHdiGJOgwcWD4AjKQx6zvFcGEsbfiY9-EI&r=NbXvnWL6MoZvI6OlMZAgdq9LRZ2V-QoH_6m9DavfDkY&m=nS1MiElZ1kh1_AHKmvYqc3Zj0xylAJmbFUyv5XWHVpM&s=EWlSuzdng2SSjdopGr7ltugdrhQ5QVCdW7ENumv4Ezc&e=