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Fisherman’s Epic Cast Nabs an Annoying Drone – Is He Right or Wrong?

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Screenshot from Tice Ledbetter’s YouTube video.

Either this fellow has it in for drones, or he didn’t want his mug on camera because he’s evading arrest for some egregiously incriminating act. Either way, you’ve got to commend his casting precision.

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Watch This Striking Bird’s Eye View of Kite Surfing in Namibia

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Yes, we know, more drones. But we couldn’t help it with this one. Screenshot from bcnDRone‘s video, “The Namibian Dream.”

Skeleton Bay, Namibia is probably one of the starkest and harshest settings humanity has endured, and there is perhaps no coastline as remote. High winds and heavy south seas bring constant swell to the desert shores, and while it’s been thoroughly surfed, sailed and photographed over the past few decades, this bird’s eye footage taken from a drone (and maybe a GoPro attached to the kite?) show the emerald waters and golden sands in an entirely new light. Still, just looking at this place makes me thirsty.

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Screenshot from bcnDRone‘s video, “The Namibian Dream.”

The outright world sailing speed record was shattered here in 2012 with a top velocity of 68 knots.

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DANG jaws: Footage of Maui’s Jaws (Peahi) Living Up to Its Name

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Screenshot from ACL Digital Cinema‘s Vimeo montage

Maui’s premier big wave break, Jaws, or Peahi, was in full form on January 21st and 22nd, as were photographers and drones. Note that the surfers featured are not using jet skis to catch these waves, but sheer man power, paddling hand over hand — something that was unthinkable until only a few years ago.

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Screenshot from ACL Digital Cinema‘s Vimeo montage

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Watch a Group of Humpback Whales Bubble Feed from Birdseye View

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Drones, drones, drones. We know, but every so often someone captures something new with them.  posted this footage to vimeo last month after it was captured off Alaska, where humpback whales gorge themselves on herring using a technique known to humans as “bubble feeding,” in which they dive below a shoal of fish and spill their lungs in order to produce millions of tiny bubbles, which look like those that come from an aerator pump. Collectively, if the group produces enough of a pattern and manages to encircle the fish, they become confused, and more susceptible to ambush. The whales then synchronistically spring for the heavens — mouths agape — and collect handsomely.

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Eel Drones and the Future of Underwater Warfare

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UUVs or unmanned underwater vehicles are currently being used and the technology continues to be developed in over 12 countries. The future of drones in general, whether it is by air, surface, ground or underwater, offers promise for lower costs to operate, less manual labor and, unfortunately, myriad possibilities for stealth warfare.

The U.S. Navy has invested heavily in the development of UUVs. To date, most have been used to detect mines; map the ocean floor or take other oceanographic measurements; gather intelligence, surveillance or reconnaissance; and for anti-submarine warfare. Several models are based on the physical forms of ocean swimmers like tuna, jellies, rays and sharks, but it might be eels that have the winning hydrodynamic design.

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An Underwater Fighting Drone

The Proteus is a military spec aquatic robot that can carry bombs, mines, sensors and even commandos. Up to seven men can be covertly shuttled. It has a range of 324 nautical miles and can cruise for a little under 4 days.

*Wired*