Monday, November 4, 2013

Video: Amazing Aerial View of Large Shark Nursery in Western Australia

Blacktip sharks in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

You want a fun ride?  Well we have the ticket for you.  This awesome video was posted today on Vimeo by Dale Woodley and it shows an aerial view of a large shark nursery at Ningaloo Reef which is approximately 1,200 km north of Perth in Western Australia.

Blacktip sharks in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Of all the shark related videos we have viewed this year, this ranks right at the top of the list.  It is absolutely beautiful and it truly grabs your attention.

The video was shot using a remote control quad copter with a Gopro Hero 3 Black fixed underneath. Throughout the video, you will see the shadow of the quad as it passes over the water (visible in this photo - lower right).

Dale states that this area acts as a nursery for juvenile sharks which take shelter in the area until they reach maturity.  He notes that the area is primarily home to blacktip sharks but adds that a few whitetips may be present as well.

The challenge for Dale in getting this video was waiting for the tide to be right so the sharks would be near shore plus he had to ensure that the winds were not too strong to launch the copter.  As you can see, there are storms building nearby.
Fortuantely for us, his perseverance paid off and he was able to catch the incoming tide at the right time and the wind held off long enough for him to get the video.

Thankfully, Dale shared the awesome 3+ minute video on his Vimeo page.
Photos are screenshots.