4k drone video of rare gray whale megapod migration Laguna Beach p1
This is part one of a video segment I created observing a large group ( megapod ) of Pacific Gray whales traveling past the California coast on migration to Alaska! It is rare to see two groups of mother and baby gray whales but 3 groups is even more rare! It was beautiful to see these enormous ocean animals playing with each other and traveling together like a bunch of family friends on a long road trip. I tried to have this video capture the long and grueling travel that the gray whales are faced with during migration. They must swim over 10,000 miles and in order to do that they must keep up the pace!
I filmed this drone video in 4k with my gopro hero 4 black camera and it is part 1 of a 2 part segment featuring this particular super pod group of whales. Part one shows the great distance these whales must travel.
Now here are a few whale facts to help you better understand California Pacific Gray Whales
– Gray whales give birth to one calf after a 12 to 13 period of gestation. Newborn gray whales are about 14 to 16 feet long and weigh around 2,000 pounds. Every year gray whales make an excruciating round trip migration of over 10-12,000 miles of unforgiving ocean! In fact, it is the largest marine mammal migration in the world! The gray whales swim from the cold rich feeding grounds in the cold Bering and Chukchi seas to the warm waters of Baja, California. Pregnant females give birth during the southbound migration when they reach the protected lagoons in Baja, Mexico. There the gray whale mother, (cow) will go up to 4 months without eating. Her sole instinct of a mother whale at that point is to nurse feed her baby gray whale calf until it is strong enough to make the long migration back to their feeding grounds in Alaska. Along the grueling migration up the coast of California and across the pacific ocean the gray whales will be faced with killer whales and great white sharks. It is a trying journey for a baby gray whale calf, but if he succeeds the reward is a full belly and prime feeding for the rest of the season. After the whales eat their fill of small sea animals and amphipods in Alaska they establish a much healthier diet and it gives the baby gray whale time to continue maturing. This feeding time is crucial to the baby gray whales success rate on next years migration.
I love the gray whales so much, and I always have. I can remember the feeling of excitement from seeing the whales all the way back to when I was a young boy. It is my dream to make films that will be used to help educate and inspire others to feel the same way about the whales. I want to help teach everyone how to respect, preserve, and protect these magnificent ocean animals! All of these things mentioned start with recognition and that is where I really need your help! You can be a huge help by sharing this video and spreading the word to your friends and family who love the ocean! Please make sure to click subscribe so you don’t miss out on new Viral Fish videos and if you liked this video then please click the thumbs up button and share with a friend! This is a crucial step for the continuation of my studies and the development of my career in educating people about our oceans and protecting them for future generations!
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