Rare Sperm Whale Encounter with ROV | Nautilus Live

Rare Sperm Whale Encounter with ROV | Nautilus Live

At 598 meters (1,962 ft) below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale. The whale circled Hercules several times and gave our cameras the chance to capture some incredible footage of this beautiful creature. Encounters between sperm whales and ROVs are incredibly rare.

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20 Responses

  1. Andrea Pinazzi says:


  2. Quagthistle says:

    *waves emphaticaly to cetacean visitor* Hey there, Mr./Ms. Sperm Whale! 🙂

    Seriously, very cool footage! :)

  3. reactierutger says:

    bunch of nerds playing with a wale:D awesome!

  4. John McSomething says:

    Makes me cry!!!
    Thank you guys…

  5. Connie Tsai says:


  6. Brett O'Reilly says:

    “Existence” in all it’s beauty!

    It came to see the “explorer” in it’s “home”, at least this one came in

  7. Women Diver's Hall of Fame says:


  8. Lord Rahl says:

    Hey weird shiny thing, have you seen any squid?

  9. Raz D says:

    Lol was thinking the same as the crew, looks fake! Kinda like bad CGI lol.
    But honestly, amazing. And I love the patter from the crew as well, great
    video :)

  10. Regina Huttunen says:


  11. Katy Tompkins says:

    This was awesome! Your excitement gave me chills, what a cool encounter!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Vida Vitagliano says:

    Beautiful to the core. Thank you!

  13. Boris Razmiki says:

    Love the commentary. I wanna be a part of that team :)

  14. ProtagonistNonTheist says:

    This is so cool. The whale is obviously intrigued by the vessel. It’s
    almost like you can hear it thinking, “Whoa, what is this? I’ve never seen
    one of these down here….”

  15. phillip glass says:

    it looks fake

  16. Num43 says:

    The hack is that? :P

  17. Kris Ellingson says:


  18. J Gomez says:

    Deez Nuts 

  19. JeremyShaferOrigami says:

    That was thrilling to watch! It felt like we were part of a tour
    group on a submarine — a very luck tour group! I so shared in the
    excitement! Thanks for the ride!

  20. Mike M says:

    10dislikes ppl r such homos this is sickkkkk