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Drone footage has completely changed the way we see the world. On many occasions, it has helped interested humans to catch an up-close glimpse of rare wild whales, without disturbing them. In fact, many people believe that drone footage could represent the future of whale-watching.

This new video released by marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd is bound to take your breath away. It records the astounding moment when two enormous blue whales – “the largest animal that’s ever lived,” according to the group – came close to their anti-poaching ship, The Steve Irwin. The wonder of seeing these amazing animals up close can scarcely be imagined. However, the video gives us a good idea of what it must have felt like!

Blue whales are currently classified as “endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They were almost driven to extinction by commercial whaling during the 20th century, but their numbers have been gradually recovering since a global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986. However, blue whales are still threatened by ship strikes, irresponsible fishing practices, and the impact of climate change … not to mention the fact that a number of countries have continued with their whaling exploits since the global ban. The good news is that you can help protect these majestic animals, to find out more, click here.

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