Drones offer amazing footage of the ocean by flying high above animals like whales, dolphins, sharks and more. But one drone got an unexpected view of water life when it crashed into a lake right next to a school of fish.
According to Drone Champions League, a Switzerland drone race ended in a crash for one racer — although he did get some pretty cool footage out of the accident.
At first, everything was going fine.
Andrzej Krasny was flying his drone over Lake Zurich for the Drone Prix, when disaster struck. According to AOL, he lost signal with the drone so he operated the failsafe mode.
That's when it plunged into the lake.
Once settled on the lakebed, its camera amazingly kept recording.
So we got to see exactly how a school of fish reacted to this alien invader.
After they all stopped for a minute to check out what they'd just seen, the group decided it wasn't worth any further attention.
And they swam away unfazed, but probably forever curious about what exactly just landed in the lake.
We love the straggler at the end there who is still curious, but who doesn't want to be left behind so she seemingly reluctantly leaves the crash site.
Getting up close and personal with water creatures is one of the coolest things about drones. They've unlocked so many secrets of the sea, allowing researchers to track and photograph animals with a minimally invasive aircraft versus a huge helicopter or boat.
But this is a good time to talk about drone safety around water life. It's important to remember that animals deserve our respect and distance, even in the air.
Don't get too close with your drone.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration currently says that all aircrafts should stay 1,000 feet about marine life. They also ask that you avoid any activities that would cause distress, such as extended hovering, landing or taking off too close to marine life.
But NOAA acknowledged to Oceans Deeply that their 1,000- to 1,500-foot range is in conflict with the FAA's rule that drones fly no higher than 400 feet, and they plan to further reconcile those rules in 2018.
According to EurekAlert, studies on marine life response to drones varies by species. The research found that drone sound doesn't penetrate the water much, and may be outside the auditory ranges of animals like dolphins and whales.
But animals who surface frequently may be more affected by drones, with Oceans Deeply reporting that seals, sea lions and walruses are more sensitive to these flying aircrafts.
Ultimately, it's best to use caution when flying a drone over any type of body of water — lest you disturb the wildlife or, worse, lose your drone to the sea.
Watch that full crash here: