Enlarge / Dutch Harbor at Unalaska, Alaska, as observed in 2010.

In Alaska, you never mess with nature—lest it mess with you.

Emmett Fitch, an Alaska male who operates a small ISP in Unalaska, Alaska—1,000 miles southwest of Anchorage—told Ars that last thirty day period he was out encouraging a drone videographer traveling to from Nevada to shoot a marketing movie in the close by port of Dutch Harbor.

The workforce flew a drone out about the harbor, Fitch explained, “a mile absent,” and the pilot was striving to convey it again to shore.

“They go to circle this vessel, and every little thing is likely good, and he suggests, ‘I shed communications with the drone,'” Fitch told Ars. He went on to describe how the drone pilot furiously attempted to make the drone return to its household base. (The pilot did not instantly reply to Ars’ request for comment.)

An eagle had gotten maintain of the drone. After about 20 minutes, the pilot started likely again through the short total of footage saved on his phone.

“You could plainly see it obtaining taken out of the air,” Fitch explained. “We slowed the footage down and all you could see was the eagle talons wrapping around it. [The eagle] should have pulled one particular of the electricity cords because it killed the drone instantly. Then we felt like we have been a male down.”

Fitch speculated that the eagle—which are popular in the area—may have mistaken the drone for prey of some variety.

“A few people went hunting for it but very little turned up,” he additional. “Maybe the eagle carried it absent.”

The tale was very first described by a community newspaper identified as Dutch Harbor Fisherman. In accordance to the paper, Katie Sweeney of the Countrywide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flown drones about Attu and Agattu, at the far western conclude of the Aleutian Islands, with no concern. However, she operates a bulky $twenty five,000 hexacopter, which is not likely to be snatched by an eagle.

Sweeney did not instantly reply to Ars’ request for comment.

Last yr, British and Dutch authorities introduced that they were schooling eagles to attack enemy drones.

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