Underwater whale footage… with broom-cam!

The BBC and National Geographic have gizmos like “Turtle Cam”, featuring cutting edge remote filming technology. Here at Ireland’s Wildlife we have a camera strapped to a broom.

It works better than you might think. Check out the video below of a young minke whale visiting the Cork Whale Watch vessel The Holly Jo on a recent trip. As the whale approached and began circling the boat I grabbed the first long thing that came to hand — skipper Colin Barnes’s deck broom — attached the action cam to it and lowered it over the side. I wasn’t expecting much… but the results were much better than I could have anticipated.


Underwater video of  a young minke whale off the coast of Co. Cork, Ireland

When you consider that the pole I was using (a broom) was too short, I didn’t have much of a clue what I was doing, and the water was a murky plankton soup, I think the results are remarkably good. I can’t wait to get out on the boat again and give it another whirl!

The camera in question is a Vivitar DVR785HD Pro which was sent in by Viking Direct — so thanks to them. While it’s certainly not bleeding-edge wildlife film-making technology, this tiny camera can shoot 720p HD video, records to SD card and comes with a completely waterproof housing (handy), a clamp for mounting onto a bicycle handlebar (or a broom handle — also handy) and a helmet mount (slightly less handy — for me at least).

At €73.79 including VAT you’re also not too worried if it takes a few knocks and scrapes along the way — and that’s a good thing when you’re lowering your gear over the side of a boat attached to a broom.

Stay tuned for more underwater video shenanigans when I manage to find myself a longer pole, and make time to get out on the boat again.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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