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Watch a Research Vessel’s Rare Sperm Whale Encounter

posted: 04/15/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

A research vessel had a remarkable encounter 2,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. At 1:30 into the clip, a majestic sperm whale circles the unmanned submarine several times, giving the cameras a rare glimpse at a creature which usually shies away from such contact.

The vessel, HOV Hercules, is a part of the NOAA-sponsored Nautilus Expedition, a six-month mission throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. This video was shot while the vessel was investigating natural gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

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