Drone footage gives inside look at lives of killer whales

The new footage from the University of British Columbia left researchers in awe and brings to light rarely seen behavior from the whales.
1:45 | 11/07/19

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We go to an incredible new look at the lives of killer whales. Researchers using drones and underwater cameras to capture them and Diane Macedo has more. This footage sheds some light on the family dynamic. I dare you to watch it and not smile. Some are endangered so scientists decides to film them in hoping to find things like where they find food, where they hunt but what they found is so much more. Stunning new footage giving 9 world an inside look at the lives of killer whales. These videos from the university of British Columbia are taken from above and below the water leaving researchers in awe and bringing to light rarely scene behavior. You can see coordinated attack patterns as the whales hunt and drones even captured playful moments like this as one young calf barrel rolls alokside its mother. With a drone we're like a fly on the wall and the calf was hitting its mom with its tail on the snout and the mom was pushing it along and getting to observe this playfulness which, again, from the water surface is looks like they're all about business but watching this calf almost like any toddler doesn't have a care in the world. Now, over the next few months they will use data to try to establish how they feed and how we might be able to help declining populations in the meanwhile enjoying the cuteness. One of the researchers says we think of ourself as hard scientists but this tugged at our heartstring. They're cuddling. They're whales cuddling. How do you not smile at that. Thanks for bringing it. Coming up here, Ellen DeGeneres filed a major new

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