Drone Captures Beautiful, Jaw Dropping Footage Of Dolphin Stampede and Newborn Humpback Whale
March 2, 2014
Captain Dave Anderson filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together, and heartwarming close-ups hovering over a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby.
Captain Dave explains, "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!"
Captain Dave had to film this off a small inflatable boat, launching and catching the quadcopter drone by hand where a miss could mean injury to him from the four propeller blades or loss of the drone. He actually lost one drone on takeoff when it nicked his small VHF radio antenna on the 14 foot rigid inflatable he was filming from and it went into the water.
Every flight over the water still risks the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter with a small Go Pro Camera on it, as the $1,700 rig is not waterproof and the skids will not keep it upright on the ocean.
Captain Dave is a whale watch captain with nearly 20 years of experience. All laws were obeyed by us during filming.
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