What is it like to swim with Orcas and Humpback whales?
We were invited by Whales Underwater, the extraordinary photographers Darren Jew, and Jasmine Carey to join them on their winter expedition high above the Arctic Circle in the fjords of Norway. Our very experienced pilot Dominik Fretz got the opportunity to film these amazing mammals while they were hunting for herring. Together with the experienced guides and skippers from Whales Underwater, we could observe the feeding orcas and humpbacks, their group dynamics and interaction.
Did you know that Orcas used to be called 'whale killers'? Early sailors witnessed them attacking other dolphins and smaller whales, and over time this name was changed to ‘killer whales’, a term still sometimes used today. Despite the name, they are not considered a threat to humans in the wild. In fact, Orca communities around the world have particular dietary interests. The Orcas in Norway, for instance, come into the fjords only to eat fish.
We encourage you to learn more about these magnificent animals by seeing them in the wild with experienced guides. To learn more about Whales Underwater, head over to their website. Thanks to Whales Underwater, Darren Jew, Jasmine Carey, Phil Thurston and our guides and skippers.
When deploying Trident, please remember that the safety of animals and humans alike has absolute priority. Always follow local rules and never approach or chase animals. Rather, let them come towards the underwater drone. Minimize the amount of tether in the water to avoid entanglement risks. We recommend not having more than 25 meters of slack tether in the water.
Try to prevent direct contact between Trident and any animals you encounter.
Bring Trident back to the boat if such contact occurs. Never intentionally try to come into direct contact with the animals. Minimize your deployment or abort a deployment if you observe a change in the behavior of any animals you encounter.
Be a responsible pilot. explore the wild blue under.