Sea Life Surveys, a Scotland-based wildlife expedition group, recently used a DJI Phantom 2 drone and submergible GoPro to capture footage of basking sharks in Tobermory, a fishing port on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.
During an expedition, the Sea Life Surveys crew came across an estimated 100 sharks of the second-largest type in the world, the group says, and then used the drone and GoPro to capture footage of the creatures from both above and below.
According to Sea Life Surveys, authentic and in-depth footage of the sharks in their natural habitat is rare; indeed, the Discovery Channel has now featured it.
“This is the first time we’ve deployed our drone, and the timing could not have been more perfect,” says Jamie Fairbairns, owner of Sea Life Surveys. “To capture such an event from the sky and the sea is something that wildlife enthusiasts dream of. The ability to get up in the sky and view the sharks from a bird’s-eye perspective left us with some amazing footage that went on to capture the attention of one of the biggest wildlife goliaths on the planet. Needless to say, we’re thrilled with the result.”
For over 30 years, Sea Life Surveys has been operating specialist wildlife trips in the remote and rugged waters of Scotland’s west coast.
The shark footage can be found here.