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Bowhead Whales Look Spectacular Off The Coast Of Nunavut

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Well, this is whale-y neat.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released drone footage of rare bowhead whales out for a nice swim off the coast of Nunavut.

They're one of the biggest animals you'll find in Canadian waters, and they're notoriously hard to spot.

The whales spend their winters chowing down on zooplankton in Cumberland Sound. When the weather warms up, they head south to Hudson's Strait.

They can also live up to 200 years, making them the longest-living mammals on earth.

Drones are used to study the mammals without bothering them. Usually, scientists would have to rely on shakier footage shot from airplanes.

“It was amazing," said Brandon Laforest of the WWF. "You can watch them rolling, flipper slapping, tail breaching, [and] socializing.”

Researchers are hoping to get a more accurate look at the whales' size, population, reproduction, and feeding habits, according to a release from WWF-Canada.

The videos are also just really cool to watch. Check out the video above.

Footage courtesy LGL Limited, the University of British Columbia, VDOS Global, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and WWF-Canada.

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