This incredible footage from a drone flying over Dana Point in Orange County, Calif. was captured by Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari. In this five-minute segment, we get soaring views over a megapod of dolphins and three gray whales migrating down the coast off San Clemente. Edited in is also some breathtaking footage of a Humpback whale calf nuzzling its mother, and an escort whale in Maui.
In the video description, Captain Dave 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."
Amazingly, Captain Dave filmed the entire thing from a small inflatable boat, where he launched and caught the quadcopter by hand. It was a dangerous process, but no laws were broken. Still, wildlife videographers should not attempt to repeat the feat unless they are experienced and abiding by all laws.
Captain Dave works to educate the public about the massive whale and dolphin population off the California coast. He even started Orange County's first whale disentanglement group in 2008, as entanglement in fishing gear is a major cause of dolphin and whale deaths around the world.