A basking shark cruises at the surface on a feeding run. 🦈
Which view did you like most? From above or below the surface?
📹 @bertiegregory: This shark was on a mission – filtering up to two million litres of water per hour to take advantage of a summer plankton bloom. Drones have revolutionised both wildlife film and science. Studying basking sharks from the surface is difficult- you don’t see much other than a dorsal fin and a bit of mouth and tail on a flat day. When underwater, you see more of the action but given the poor water visibility, your view doesn’t last long as the shark swims by. From the air however, it’s a different story. Even a simple top down shot like this allows us to analyse the mechanics of their feeding and helps us get a sense of how they move around the plankton blooms. This new technology is also giving us as an insight into the mysterious social lives of basking sharks. It’s pretty crazy to think how little we know about the interactions and movements of the second biggest fish on the planet!