A whale watching tour boat captain, Captain Dave Anderson, has captured one of the most captivating videos of the massive dolphin pods that congregate off Dana Point, California. We've seen video of the giant pods (some as large as 100,000 dolphins) in this area before, but what makes Anderson's footage extra special is that he caught it all using a camera-equipped drone flying over the water.
The video also contains footage he captured with the drone of gray whales off the coast San Clemente, California and a humpback whale playing with its mom off Maui.
Anderson says, "This is the most beautiful and compelling five minute video I have ever put together. I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension! I have not been this excited about a new technology since we built our underwater viewing pods on our whale watching boat. Drones are going to change how we view the animal world. Wow!"
Anderson uses a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter outfitted with a GoPro HERO3 camera. To get the film below he launched the drone from a small inflatable boat by hand. It's risky and he knows the cost. He's lost a rig in the water before, but that's not stopping him.
"This technology, that offers such steady footage from the air for such a low price and is so easy to fly, is new. This was a ten or twenty thousand dollar copter a few years ago and flying those took a great deal of skill. I can't wait to see what footage this year will bring with this drone, getting a different perspective on the amazing sightings we already have off Dana Point."
Watch the five-minute video below.