Sunday, August 23, 2015

Inches from the largest animal on earth: Stunning drone footage captures lone kayaker's thrilling encounter with blue whales

Patrick Dykstra also snapped mesmerising underwater shots as he swam with the majestic creatures
  • The Denver-born filmmaker's thrilling encounters occurred in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sri Lanka
  • His amazing footage and photos show a lone kayaker paddling just a few feet from the majestic creatures 
Denver-born filmmaker Patrick Dykstra captured stunning drone footage as blue whales swam off the coast of Sri Lanka


Denver-born filmmaker Patrick Dykstra captured stunning drone footage as blue whales swam off the coast of Sri Lanka
Patrick's thrilling encounters with blue whales have occurred in the Indian Ocean over the course of the last six years 
Patrick's thrilling encounters with blue whales have occurred in the Indian Ocean over the course of the last six years 
The stunning drone footage captures a lone kayaker paddling just a few feet from one of the majestic creatures
The stunning drone footage captures a lone kayaker paddling just a few feet from one of the majestic creatures
The 35-year-old is the owner of Picture Adventure Expeditions, which gives holidaymakers the opportunity to encounter wild animals
The 35-year-old is the owner of Picture Adventure Expeditions, which gives holidaymakers the opportunity to encounter wild animals

The whales are the largest animal to ever inhabit the earth, and outsize even the biggest dinosaurs. 
Patrick’s stunning drone footage captures the enormous mammals from above, while in other shots a lone kayaker paddles just a few feet from one of the majestic creatures.

His astonishing underwater snaps show an awe-struck diver, dwarfed by a blue whale, swimming at the surface of the ocean without scuba gear or a snorkel.

Patrick, 35, said: ‘It was a dream of mine to encounter a blue whale underwater from the time I was 16 and I saw a life-sized replica of a blue whale in the Smithsonian museum.

Patrick Dykstra also snapped astonishing underwater shots that show an awe-struck diver dwarfed by a blue whale
Patrick Dykstra also snapped astonishing underwater shots that show an awe-struck diver dwarfed by a blue whale
The filmmaker said he had dreamed of encountering a blue whale after he saw a life-sized replica at a Washington, DC museum
The filmmaker said he had dreamed of encountering a blue whale after he saw a life-sized replica at a Washington, DC museum
At nearly 100ft in length, blue whales are the largest animal to ever inhabit the earth, and outsize even the biggest dinosaurs
At nearly 100ft in length, blue whales are the largest animal to ever inhabit the earth, and outsize even the biggest dinosaurs
Relentlessly pursued by  whaling fleets, the blue whale was nearly exterminated before receiving worldwide protection in 1967, said WWF
Relentlessly pursued by whaling fleets, the blue whale was nearly exterminated before receiving worldwide protection in 1967, said WWF

‘I spent over a decade travelling the world in search of blue whales in clear water, from Antarctica to the Azores, and came to Sri Lanka in 2009 and found the clearest water and a large whale population. 
‘Nothing on earth compares to the experience of being side by side with the largest animal to ever inhabit the planet and to dive into its environment.

‘I use my photography and videography to help study these animals in the hopes of understanding and protecting them.’
Intrepid Patrick is the owner of Picture Adventure Expeditions, which gives holidaymakers the opportunity to encounter some of the most amazing animals in the world.

He captured his videos while on trips with tourists and friends.
While in Sri Lanka earlier this year he shot the world's first footage of a baby blue whale suckling.
Patrick captured his videos while on trips with tourists and friends, and shot the world's first footage of a baby blue whale suckling
Patrick captured his videos while on trips with tourists and friends, and shot the world's first footage of a baby blue whale suckling
The blue whale has a global distribution, being found in the Arctic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean
The blue whale has a global distribution, being found in the Arctic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean