Photographer uses drone to capture amazing footage of protective mother humpback whale and her calf off remote Tongan island

Humpback Whales
After decades as an underwater wildlife cameraman Darren Rice changed his angle of approach to shoot humpback whales from the sky with a remote-controlled drone off the stunning island of Foa in Tonga’s Ha’apai region.

Rice, 47, captured remarkable scenes of the majestic creatures in their natural state from a distance as he controlled the drone, fitted with a GoPro camera, from a boat driven by his wife Nina.

In a remarkable series of footage Rice filmed a mother with newborn calves and a group of males chasing a female in part of a dramatic mating ritual.

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