Ryan Parsons captured what he says are rare images of a humpback whale and its calf swimming with a dolphin and its baby near the Point Danger Lookout.
Ryan Parsons captured what he says are rare images of a humpback whale and its calf swimming with a dolphin and its baby near the Point Danger Lookout. Ryan Parsons

Rare meeting a whale of a tale

“IT WAS like a mothers’ meeting,” quipped Ryan Parsons of the rare ocean footage he captured off Point Danger lookout.

Ryan was filming a humpback whale and her calf 600m off the coast last Wednesday using a quadcopter, which is a type of drone that has an in-built video camera.

A drone captures whales and dolphins playing together near Point Danger.
A drone captures whales and dolphins playing together near Point Danger. Ryan Parsons

At one point, the adult whale began to appear agitated and protective toward her calf.

Soon after, Mr Parsons noticed an adult dolphin and her baby enter into view from the side of the quadcopter viewing screen.

He captured the touching scene of the two mums and bubs swimming alongside each other for about a minute before his quadcopter’s battery began to run low.

A drone captures images of a humpback whale and its calf swimming with a dolphin and its baby off the Point Danger Lookout.
A drone captures images of a humpback whale and its calf swimming with a dolphin and its baby off the Point Danger Lookout. Ryan Parsons

Mr Parsons, the owner of Lost Espresso Bar at Tweed Heads South, has been showing the footage to his customers.

He said the feedback was that he had captured something unique.

“No one’s ever seen dolphins and whales together,” he claimed.

On Sunday, Mr Parsons was out filming again when he captured nine humpback whales in one shot.

Whale watch tour operators say it has been one of the better seasons for whale sightings.

During their annual migration, whales give birth in more temperate Australian waters before making their way back to Antarctica. The five-month breeding season officially finishes in November.

Dolphins can give birth at any time of the year depending on their species and geographic location.



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