A tropical baleen whale on a solitary cruise. This is possibly the first time a minke whale has ever been filmed at Guadalupe Island in Mexico. It was just before dinner on our first night out with @solmarv. I was flying my drone over a slow moving seal, swimming away from the island. Suddenly in the stillness of the evening I heard a very faint and far off blow. Against the pastel horizon I saw it! A small blow perhaps a kilometer from the boat. I changed directions, hauled off towards the whale, and was able to get a couple of shots before it sounded, just as my drone battery alarm was sounding as well. Such a treat it was to see this beauty! Follow me @williamdrumm for more ocean videos. Thanks to @connorgallagherproductions for the audio, check his page out too.
A green sea turtle sharing a nice lunch with a school of goatfish. The turtle kicks up small pieces of food while it feeds on the algae, therefore giving the goatfish an easy meal. Follow @williamdrumm for more ocean videos. @diveoceanic#honu#turtle
This was the first time I have ever seen humpback whales underwater, and it was such a lucky encounter. We had a report of humpbacks off the south end of Pico Island, so we rushed over in our skiff. The sky was gray and a storm was descending. The humpbacks suddenly blew 100 ft away right as we pulled up. I jumped in the water and swam as hard as I could in the direction I thought they were heading. Suddenly I saw the outline of the Mom, and then the calf swam in between me and her, clearly interested in me and giving me the eye. Just as soon as it started it was over, they swam off into the murky water and we retreated back to land away from the storm. #blueazores#picoisland#humpbackwhale#leviathan@firstname.lastname@example.org This was filmed under authorization 03-ORAC-2017 issued by the government on 28-04-2017. According to regional legislation swimming with whales and other cetaceans that are not dolphins is forbidden in the Azores.
Ready, set, action! This was the moment a lifetime dream of mine came true, being in the water with the biggest animal ever. It was crazy how fast these beauties would cut through the sea, moving at 12-15 mph while traveling or up to 31 mph in bursts. The trip was fraught with difficulties, including storms and 20 ft visibility underwater. Out of 21 days and dozens of jumps into the water, this jump, only hours after arriving in Pico, was the only time I was lucky enough to get an underwater shot of the leviathan. The gratitude and excitement from this moment was incredible, so honored to have shared the water with a real life mythical creature. Thanks @hamiltonunderwater and @stefano.ulivi for sharing this experience with me. Follow me @williamdrumm for more ocean stories. This was filmed under authorization 03-ORAC-2017 issued by the government on 28-04-2017. According to regional legislation swimming with whales and other cetaceans that are not dolphins is forbidden in the Azores. #blueazores#bluewhale#bucketlist#diveoceanic
The giant hulking tail of a leviathan. Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have existed on Earth, growing up to 100 ft in length and 300,000 lbs. The animals move through the world’s oceans at speeds over 30 mph, seemingly with very little effort. I filmed this shot only hours after landing in the Azores for a 21 day expedition. The waves were reaching 9 ft or so, it was raining, and we had only a couple of hours to find them before the storm chased us home. I was extremely lucky to get this one shot of the beautiful blue tail of an oceanic giant. This was filmed under authorization 03-ORAC-2017 issued by the government on 28-04-2017. According to regional legislation swimming with whales and other cetaceans that are not dolphins is forbidden in the Azores. With @hamiltonunderwater and @stefano.ulivi. #blueazores#bluewhale#leviathan. Follow @williamdrumm from more wildlife and ocean videos.
Life is beautiful. Thank you all so much for the congratulations on our engagement this weekend. We are so excited and happy for whatever’s next. You guys are amazing, and I’m honored to have you all along for the ride.
The Azores, located 800 miles from the coast of Portugal, are one of the Atlantic’s best kept secrets. The colors here are something you have to see to believe. With @hamiltonunderwater in Faial Island. #BlueAzores : @cleod9music
Where was your best manta ray dive ever? Comment below and let me know! Mine was in the Socorro Islands on @solmarv. Mantas really are some of the coolest animals to interact with! #mantaray#hollisgear#solmarv
A great white shark demonstrates how they have survived the past 16+ million years. Humans have been here 0.2 million years. Who thinks we will survive as long as the King? @solmarv Follow @williamdrumm for more wildlife videos!