‘Whalecopter’ drone swoops in for a shot and a shower

Remotely controlled craft samples spray of humpback whales

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT  Two humpback whales blow a net of bubbles around their prey in this photo taken by a remotely controlled drone. Researchers can employ drones to sample the spray of photographed whales.

Acquired under National Marine Fisheries Service Permit 17355-01 and NOAA Class G flight authorization 2015-ESA-4-NOAA, John Durban/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/NMFS/NOAA, M. Moore/WHOI

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