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Drone captures curious whales checking out tiny paddle boarding human

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Oct 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 09:42:49-04

Esperance, Western Australia – A drone operator in Australia captured beautiful drone-shot video of two southern right whales checking out a paddle boarder.

Jaimen Hudson used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to capture the footage of his neighbor Dave Price.

“It just so happened that he was out at the time, and a few people let me know there were whales on the beach and it all just went from there,” Hudson told Mashable Australia. “They were really curious and came over to meet [Dave] … Just very inquisitive about him, I don’t think it was really that dangerous at all.”

Due to a motorbike accident, Hudson is a quadriplegic who has lost functionality in some of his limbs. Despite not being able to use his fingers, he is able to control the drone using his thumbs and partially use his shoulders.

The aspiring filmmaker, who has been sharing his whale drone videos on Instagram, said he’s had an amazing response to the vision. “The reaction to this clip has been huge and I really enjoy doing it, so hopefully I can take it further one day,” he said.