Video captured on NWS trip thought to be landmark discovery
Your next trip with Natural World Safaris may see you at the forefront of blue whale research. Our expert guide and BBC Blue Planet videographer Patrick Dysktra recently filmed what may be the first known footage of blue whales engaging in the courting behaviour known as a “heat run”. Dykstra recorded the footage earlier this year while on a trip with NWS clients off the coast of Sri Lanka. Heat runs involve a male – or males – chasing a single female over considerable distances in an attempt to mate with her. Humpback whale heat runs have been observed and studied numerous times, but this is thought to be the first time that a blue whale heat run has been caught on film. View the stunning video below.