Captain Dave Anderson has over 20 years experience at the helm of whale watching boats. He recently caught drone fever and has been using the tiny remote-controlled aircraft to capture amazing footage of whales and dolphins from a perspective you just can’t get from a boat.
We’ve posted one of Captain Dave’s videos below for you. It’s a stunning compilation of footage of a dolphin stampede, a group of three gray whales, and a mother humpback with her calf. As he 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. ”
Captain Dave has, however, had a few mishaps on the way to mastering drone flight. He’s a had a drone crash-land and sink to the bottom. Another time, he cast caution to the wind and dove into chilly water to retrieve a sinking drone. “I get so nervous every flight over the water now, after the accident, my hands start shaking. My wife says no more drones if I lose this one. But she said that before I lost the other one. Now that she’s seen what it can do, I think she’s just as hooked as I am.”
Before you go out whale watching with a drone, keep in mind that Captain Dave has a lot of experience with whales and knows what he’s doing. It’s illegal to interfere with whales in a way that makes them change their behavior. There are serious fines and yes, the authorities do watch YouTube.
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