Discover top Drone Videos of Whales


Humpback's of Ha'apai - Kingdom of Tonga

CM Photography

Top contributor CM Photography spent two weeks in Tonga, an island archipelago situated towards the eastern end of the South Pacific Islands region.  His spectacular drone film documents humpback whales in the warm waters of Tonga during their migration from Antarctica. The aerial footage of these majestic creatures was taken off the northern tip of Tonga's Foa Island, part of the country's Ha'apai group of islands.  


Humpback Whales & Praia do Forte Coast, Bahia, Brazil


Parts of the northern Brazilian coast are legendary whale watching spots.  This is particularly true in the coast of the Northeast Region, where seasonal migration patterns can result in large populations of humpbacks and other species swimming in these Atlantic Ocean waters.  Contributor Iimoveisbrasilbahia was able to capture a group of these beautiful creatures off the Praia do Forte in the Bahia state, giving us this marvelous bird's eye view of these amazing sea mammals.   


The Whales of Hermanus


Hermanus, a small town near the southern tip of South Africa, is best known for its whale watching.  During the certain months, thousands of southern right whales migrate through its waters, easily spottable from shore.  Top contributor Luke Maximo Bell used a DJI Phantom drone to film these magnificent creatures swimming off the shore of the town which was once an important center for the whaling industry.  


Magic Sea Unicorn

Florian Ledoux

Among the most unusual looking whale species are Narwals.  They are very much distinguished by a large "tusk" which is a residual tooth.  Top contributor Florian Ledoux was part of a team searching for these elusive creatures in Nanuvut, in the far Arctic reaches of Canada.  After a few days, they located some of these elusive creatures and were able to film them with a drone, resulting in this astounding video.  


Paddle Boarding with Whales, Esperance Island Cruises


In this very popular drone video by contributor Jaimen Hudson, he filmed a stand up paddleboarder cruising the waters off of Esperance, in Western Australia.  While it's not known if the paddleboarder was aware of it, two giant whales are swimming within meters/feet of him.  The unforgettable bird's eye view of this scene is testament to the power of drones to look at our world in entirely new ways.    


Ocean giants of Cape Town

Exclusive Aerials

Table Bay is so named because it sits in the shadow of Table Mountain, above Cape Town.  Due to its location at the border between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the area has always sported a diversity of marine life.  Contributor Exclusive Aerials flew a DJI Phantom 4 drone over the bay and created this impressive drone film of whales and dolphins passing through these waters during seasonal migration.  


Experience Ocean Safari with Borderlands Sri Lanka.


It is reasonably well known that Sri Lanka is among the most biodiverse countries on earth.  What is perhaps less well known is that this label extends to the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of this island nation.  In this video, Summittosea gives us a look at this Sri Lankan offshore biodiversity in the form of blue whales - the largest creature on earth.  The drone footage of this graceful animal is stunning.


I Got Published By National Geographic!! Why Are Gray Whales Losing Their Tails


Contributor and Jayxlamar, who has done extensive filming of whales by drones, recently had some of his video footage picked up by National Geographic.  He was able to capture aerial footage of gray whales missing perhaps their most-noticed feature - their tails.  His footage points to fishing equipment entanglment as a possible cause of these tragic disfigurements, and we can only hope this can now be prevented.


AV News: Drone Captures Blue Whales Feeding

AirVūz News

In this AirVuz News story, Kendall Mark catches up with a drone pilot who has a great video and a whale of a story to go with it.  Todd Chandler used a drone to capture some stunning footage of a blue whale enjoying a very hefty meal in waters off Australia.  Researchers say that this footage is helpful in advancing understanding of the feeding patterns of these gigantic sea mammals.



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