Sunday, September 21, 2014

Photo: Drone GoPro Image of Great White Shark Near Paddleboarders in Australia

GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska

GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
Zoomed in -GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska
Earlier this week, Tom Caska from Sydney Australia, fired up his phantom drone to capture some aerial shots of his brother Andrew Caska who was paddleboarding with friends.  They were boarding about 50 meters off shore at Kilcare, which is about 30 nautical miles north of Sydney in New South Wales, when Tom captured this stunning image at around 5:30pm in the evening.

Tom believes that the shark is a great white and estimates its size at around 4 meters (13 foot) but noted it is hard to judge as he had a fish eye lens on his Go Pro camera.  For comparison, his brother Andrew is 6' 2" and is on a 9' 6" board (Andrew is on the red paddleboard).  The person closest to the shark is on 6 and a half foot surf board.

GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
Closer view - GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska
Tom told us that at this time of year, great whites are migrating south and it is common for them to be spotted in the area.  As you can see in the photo, this shark looks to be in pursuit of a small school of fish which Tom believes to be salmon.

His brother never spotted the shark and only saw a bit of swirl in the water.  It wasn't until Tom later showed him the photo that his brother learned what photobombed his pic.

Tom is starting up a drone photography business, Aerolens, and he can be reached at info@aerolens.com.au for any inquiries.

(Hat tip to Warren Wigs Bridge for letting us know about the pic)