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Drone Footage Captures Antarctica Like Never Before

dateline: 05 May 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • aerial: from the air
  • footage: a section of film taken for a movie or video
  • capture: to record or represent in another form for the future
  • stunning: beautiful to see
  • breach: to come above the surface of the water
  • Drone Footage Captures Antarctica Like Never Before

    A Swedish film crew has released an 8-minute video from a recent sailing trip to . The aerial footage was captured by GoPro cameras attached to a drone that the crew operated from their . Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung brought his 73-year-old father along for the trip. They visited Antarctica for 16 days in January 2015. It was Antarctic summer, when temperatures -10 to 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). In addition to the stunning blue waters and icy , the crew captured an aerial shot of a pod of whales breaching.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. What technology did the crew use to capture the aerial footage?
    2. Who did Kalle Ljung bring on his trip?
    3. According to this report, what is the temperature like in Antarctica during the middle of the summer?

Discussion Questions: Recent explorations suggest that some whales are staying longer in Antarctic waters than ever before. Why do you think this is happening?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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